Mobile learning definitely adds a lot and the convenient access will mean more engagement by students and more learning!
Teachers need to think of a number of important things when adding mobile learning to the school’s curriculum. This article outlines these very well:
1. Keep the focus on student outcomes independent of the device. Mobile access is only another way for students to access content. The focus is always the content itself and most importantly your goals and expectations for student learning.
2. Communicate with all stakeholders (students, teachers, parents, community) regarding the new mobile offerings and access. Reach out transparently to let everyone know the goals and the reason why you believe allowing mobile learning is important.
3. Stop for a moment and think about the issue of equal student access. Many students might not yet have a tablet or a smartphone. How will you help those who don’t? How will you deal with issues of unfairness and students who might complain about not being able to complete assignments? Don’t let it stop you from using mobile but think through the issues. With EnglishCentral, we have a full solution with books, mobile and web – so students can complete assignments without a smartphone or tablet.
4. You’ll have to give up some control and trust students to become independent learners and self-directed. This is good. But beware that you’ll need to deal with this as a teacher, as a program. Trust is a big part of the new educational paradigm.
5. Have a plan to measure the effectiveness of the mobile access. Is it working? What benefits is it giving students and teachers?
There are great advantages to using apps and mobile access in education. We’ve found student time on task and motivation increases greatly. This infographic explains this a little more.