Beth Dudley

Computing and Technology Enhanced Learning and RE and PSHE

DL Session 3: Mobile Technologies

on October 23, 2013

Mobile technologies include iPads, Kindles and other reading devices, mobile phones, and tablets. These are electronic devices that can easily be carried around with you. These technologies are being used more and more as teaching tools in the classroom. iPads, phones and tablets have apps that can be downloaded onto the device, many of these apps can be educational.

These can be used in the classroom to develop not only Digital Literacy skills but also skills in another subject. For example English. In the session we looked at how the app Spellosaur. This is an app used to practice spelling, there is a free version, however this only allows you to use 5 words at a time. To look at how to use this app in the classroom click here.

Mobile technologies can also be used in many other subjects, art for example, the iPads can be used to take photos to record ideas in a nature related topic.

 

Advantages of mobile technologies:

  • Many apps that can be used are very interactive and can engage children well in something they may otherwise not have been interested in.
  • As a teaching tool these technologies can be a unique way to present demonstrations or start an activity.
  • They can reduce the workload of a teacher, for example an online Google Form can be used as a short quiz for an end of lesson/topic assessment. This gives the teacher an immediate list of results without hours of marking being done. This means the teacher can spend more time with the children or planning for the children’s needs.
  • Increasing the children’s confidence with technology. As our society moves more and more to technology and computer based systems it is evermore important for younger generations to be aware and able to use this technology

 

Disadvantages of mobile technologies:

  • If mobile technologies are the major resource in a lesson you can be dependent on them working correctly.
  • Some schools may not be able to afford these technologies.
  • If children are unable to practice with these technologies at home they may become less confident in lessons.
  • Teachers may lack confidence or ability with mobile technologies. This therefore can affect the children if a certain aspect is taught poorly.

2 Responses to “DL Session 3: Mobile Technologies”

  1. Claudia says:

    I like that you did both advantages and of using mobile technologies, I think we sometimes get so caught up on how amazing computers are we forget that actually they do go wrong…a lot!

    • Beth says:

      That’s why it’s always important to have a back up plan in case technology breaks down or doesn’t work!

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