Smartphones encourage participation in classes. Many a times, kids are shy or ashamed to ask questions. So they can text their questions to their respective teachers. The smartphones can also be used for note making when there is an important session going outside the class. They can also opt for voice recording. Phones could also be used for taking pictures of class assignments or lecture images.
Enhanced Literary Units
There are many teachers who have made their smartphones work like literary units. Here, you can choose a particular piece of literature, and create a Google+ community for class. The students in this case use smartphones to access and participate in that community.” The students hence can read novels on their smart phones.
Cooperative learning through apps
The teachers can also employ apps in her classroom, while incorporating phones into weekly lessons. Here students work in groups to ensure that the students who don't own smartphones aren't singled out.
Keeping the Focus
Teachers can help out students to keep their focus on the task by inning them to G+ community for the shared task. Here she can see who posts in Google+ and responds to surveys in her forums.
Tips for Getting Started
Here are a few tips to get started with smartphones into classroom activities.
- Get Comfortable With Your Smartphone
- Start With a Conversation
- Fix Rules of Engagement
- Set Expectations
- Do Periodic Check-Ins