Mobile devices provide the opportunity to incorporate different technologies and activities into the learning environment. Despite the common perception that mobile devices in the classroom can be a distraction, you can intentionally use these devices to increase student engagement.
Polling presents questions or scenarios to students, provides results in real-time and enables instructors to gauge understanding.
Alternative to Textbooks
Most textbooks are offered in the digital format. This digital format eliminates the need for students to carry multiple heavy books; instead, they can all be viewed on one device. Mobile devices also offer the opportunity to access affordable materials online in class.
- Sarah Bleakney (University of Florida): Rage Against the Machine (ppt) | Session Notes (doc)
- Using technology to maximize classroom engagement
- Dave Stachowiak (Teaching in Higher Ed) (2016): Top Five Gadgets For Teaching
- Eisa Al Nashmi (University of Florida): Creating Great Videos with Mobile Phones (pdf)
- Guy Trainin (Teaching in HigherEd): Using iPads in the Higher Ed Classroom (35:05)
- Bonni Stachowiak (Teaching in Higher Ed) (2016): The Invitation
- Device debate – Should we ban technology in the classroom?
Diving Deeper/More Research
- Houston Heflin, Jennifer Shewmaker, and Jessica Nguyen (2017): Impact of Mobile Technology on Student Attitudes, Engagement, and Learning