Mobile Devices in the Classroom Overview
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
Textbooks are often offered in digital format and eliminates the need for students to carry multiple heavy books. Instead, they can view their textbooks on one device. Mobile devices also offer the opportunity to access affordable materials online in class, take notes, highlight important text, as well as sync across devices.
- Sarah Bleakney (University of Florida): Rage Against the Machine | Session Notes (.doc)
- 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
- Mark Lieberman (Inside Higher Ed, 2019): Students Are Using Mobile Even if You Aren’t
Diving Deeper/More Research
- Houston Heflin, Jennifer Shewmaker, and Jessica Nguyen (2017): Impact of Mobile Technology on Student Attitudes, Engagement, and Learning