Over the past decade or so mobile phones have developed from merely a voice-and-text communication device to the powerful mini-computers we now call “smart” - for good reason!
Today, the phone in our pocket has more computing power than the machines that took mankind to the moon. For some its primary use is for entertainment, a serious distraction to students’ attention and focus; it’s true! However, it is also true that smartphones and other connected devices in the classroom can be a tool that enables learning. Among other things, cell phones can:
Elevate participation. Smartphone apps can be great for research and for group exercises that boost class participation and cooperative learning.
Enhance literacy. Studies have shown that smartphones play a role in improving literacy rates. You can use that to your advantage.
Easily communicate. Smartphones offer a super-easy solution to the communication challenges teachers all face today, and they provide real-time feedback that furthers class inquiry and collaboration.
Still skeptical? If you’re wondering about the best ways to incorporate smartphones in the classroom to maximize student learning, here is some sound advice:
The constant development of technology is affecting every aspect of our lives, including the way we learn and teach. Today, information is literally one click away.
Harness that power for learning, and grow with your kids. Educate yourself with knowledge and know-how to incorporate technology in your classroom, and always have a specific learning purpose in mind.
When leveraged smartly, smartphones can be a helpful and empowering teaching and learning tool for almost any educator.
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