Mobiles in the Classroom
Since arriving at my school I have been responsible for leading and driving the use of mobile devices in the classroom to support teaching and learning. I have found that the possibilities for using mobiles to engage learners are endless.
Some of the examples of how i use mobile devices range from simply taking photos and videos to share in class (to support analysis) or recording homework, to creating revision podcasts and using QR codes to link important information or websites..
The benefit for us as teachers is the personalisation and the freedom for students to access resources through their smartphones. I believe that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is going to be a huge part of the future of education. Many students already have their own trusted devices, which they are comfortable using, it makes sense to use them in education rather than a machine that belongs to school which they leave behind at the end of the day. It is crucial though, before anyone gets hands on their own mobile device in school is that the infrastructure is made secure, that policies regarding e-safety are in place and the teachers are trained and confident about how the mobile devices can be used to enhance their curriculum.
Once that is in place an exciting world of creativity opens up, mobile devices may enable wonderful, creative pieces of art, videos, presentations, audio recordings, research on any topic, various games to motivate learning and worldwide communication for those studying a language. They are available 24/7 so always and anywhere, learning becomes viable.