Mobile Devices in the Classroom
Mobile Devices in the Classroom
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We are all familiar with the phenomenon of mobile devices as a personal device, but what about its use in the classroom?
Mobile Devices in the Classroom for an example of a project based iPad learning experience or view ABC123 iPads in the Primary Classroomfor a centers based learning experience.
Using Mobile devices such as the Android Tablets, iPad, iPhone, and iPod in the classroom can allow for:
The Media-Rich Cone of Learning illustrates student retention in regards to receiving information. The interactive nature of mobile devices allows for students to physically engage with the devices.
NYS Teacher and Technology Standards
- Creativity and Innovation
- Communication and Collaboration
- Research and Information Fluency
- Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
There are essential conditions to regard when using technology in the classroom. Click here to learn more.
Ideas such as Student-Centered learning, empowered leaders, and Curriculum Framework are essential to effectively leverage technology for learning.
Nets For Teachers (click here for a detailed PDF)
- Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
- Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
- Model Digital Age Work and Learning
- Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
- Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
NYS Teacher Standards
Attending a professional development opportunity to integrate mobile devices in your classroom will address the following teacher standards.
- 1.6, 2.2, 2.5, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.2, 4.4, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4
- For more information on NYS Teacher Standards please view this PDF
Why Use Mobile Devices?Mobile learning is...
With these traits in mind, we can include cellphones, smartphones, iPods, iPads, tablets, gaming consoles, PDAs, handheld computers, media players, e-book readers and more.
Mobile learning is effective when...
These are just some of the ideas behind what constitutes effective mobile learning. You may notice that this list is very similar to what constitutes overall effective learning. (Effective Mobile Learning, Shelly Sanchez Terrell)
Things to Consider
Mobile devices pose a specific problems in regards to educational use. Should a district become a BYOD or BYOT (bring your own device/bring your own technology) environment? If so, how is equality of devices created? Does the district provide 3G/4G access? Does the district provide wireless for all devices? As you can see, there are many considerations when using mobile devices in education.
A few items to consider:
I recently stumbled across this valuable resource that uses the following acronym to describe using iPads in the classroom.
I - Involve
P - Preparation
A - Application
D - Development
The source - Tech Learning article Involve, Prepare, Apply, and Develop: iPads in the Classroom by Autumn Kelley - is an extremely resourceful article for those who wish to use mobile devices in the classroom.
There is certainly a lot of reasons why to use mobile devices, but how do you go about using them in the classroom?
Before you venture into the world of Apps, you may want to learn how other educators are evaluating them prior to using in the classroom: App evaluation rubric #1 or App evaluation rubric #2
- Project-based learning
- Center Learning
- Students with Special Needs
- Change a task from traditional to NOW!
- Content Creation such as video, images, narrated projects
- Digital Textbook
- eReading Capabilities
- Organization of thoughts, research, projects, collaboration
- Journal writing
There are several projects that can utilize mobile devices.
Project Resource Websites:
This article discusses a recent project in which iPads were used for an Environment Project - 5th Grade Project The classroom used: Notability (Evernote is Free), Easy Bib, Internet, Voice Thread, iPads camera
Social Studies Example:
“The Alternate History Project” was showcased at a poster session at ISTE 2011 What If History Project. Integrating social studies apps such US History Tools or On This Day as well as a graphic organizer app like Popplet and a digital media app such as Discovery Ed Streaming (Mobile.DiscoveryEducation.com) can help ELLs meet the goals of this project successfully.
Social Studies/History Example:
QR codes are used everywhere! Here is an example of creating a project using a city's QR code. Students can create their own QR codes to create a webquest or like this project QR Footprints In Time
Ever thought of creating a book specific to what you are teaching in your classroom? iBooks Author App is free and great for educators and students to create a book about anything! Here is an example of a project with an instructional video on how to do this on your own! iBooks Author Project
I Wonder Project:
This project is a great way to have students use inquiry to create a multimedia project. Voice Thread would be a great way to create this project. This can be used for all curricular areas. I Wonder Project Details
Students can use the iPad to read a book and create a review or trailer from images search on the iPad, notes written in EverNote, and a video created with the video camera in the iPad or using Voice Thread! Book Trailer/Review Project Details
The built in camera on the iPad 2 and iPad 3 make it a great tool to use to capture original images. Here is a project to create original projects using the iPad Camera, DarkRoom App, and Edmodo App to share the images. [ http://ipadsatburley.blogspot.com/2012/03/photography-with-5th-grade-students.html Photography Project Details]
Libraries are a great place to use iPads and other mobile devices. There are several reading apps and ways for students to discuss reading.
For Library Apps visit the following websites:
- Monroe 1 BOCES Library App Page
- 50 Essential Children's Books Apps
- Top 25 Library Apps
- Middle School ELA Apps
- School Library Journal App Page
- 40 + Library Apps Librarians and Students Love
- iPads in the Elementary Library
Creating App Like Icons
Librarians can create a shortcut to databases and other resource sites.
- Open the Safari App
- Type in the URL of the desired site
- Click the icon near the web address that is a box with a right arrow
- Select "Save to Home Page"
- You can alter the name you wish to appear below the App Icon
- Select Add
- You now have an App that is a shortcut to a website
Suggestions for using this feature:
- BiblioNasium - GoodReads for students
- Easy Bib - there is an app, however you can't use the app for websites or magazines
- Library Databases that do not have an app
Social Networking and the Library
Social Networking works well on a mobile device. There are safe resources in which students can network. Apps such as Edmodo, Goodreads, and Subtext bring discussion and reading together. This website discusses Goodreads in the classroom - Goodreads in the Classroom
- Creative Writing
- Creativity with Quotes
- Create Quizzes in Goodreads
- Edmodo and the school library
- Video of Subtext and Edmodo in the classroom
Particularly in the elementary classroom, setting up centers for students to enrich ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies learning. Alternatively, centers can be created to enrich other curriculum such as music and art. Using centers can also assist in differentiating learning. Students who need reinforcement in certain curricular areas can have focused, interactive time with the mobile device.
ABC Magic Spelling app is offered in level (grade) 1, 2, 3.
Think of a Humanities course. iPads can be used to offer an area for reading historical documents (Common Core Alignment), watching historically relevant video from Video On Demand or History Channel. Another station can offer books or articles using the OverDrive App or iBooks app. To align a project, the students can use Voice Thread App to create a multimedia presentation that represents their learning.
Creating a video using the iPad can be done by using the camera and video camera option in the iPad and then importing into a video app such as Vimeo (free) iMovie (cost). Vimeo allows you to share.
Media CreationMedia creation is an engaging and interactive way to use the iPad with students. Students can illustrate their creativity by using the iPad, apps, and other tools already on the iPad. There are numerous free media creation, editing, and presentation apps, however some do come at a cost. This blog is a great resource for app information, and here is the link for Media Creation
Students with Special Needs
Consider the following list of pedagogical goals in order to identify how this device can help promote equitable educational opportunity for ELLs.
• For Intervention (RtI)
• For Enrichment
• For Assistive Technology
• For Digital Literacy
• For Reading
• For Organizing Resources
Where to find Apps
- Monroe 1 BOCES Apps
- Apps in Education
- iTunes Store
- Google Play for Android Devices
- Apps Gone Free app will highlight FREE apps daily to be downloaded.