Teaching With Mobile Devices: Smartphones

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Mobile phones present a familiar challenge as an instructional technology: Since everyone has them, there must be a way to use them for teaching and learning. Seton Hall University has been exploring possible uses through its mobile initiative. In this session Michael Taylor, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Mobile Research and Social Change at Seton Hall University, will discuss the uses of smartphones in the classroom across multiple disciplines. Taylor will present the use of mobile devices in student projects including digital storytelling, mapping, polling, and in-field data collection. These projects highlight the functionality of smartphones to improve classroom communication, collaboration, and connectivity. Discussion will also cover the diverse pedagogical goals that were addressed in these mobile projects, as well as some of the challenges encountered in piloting these mobile projects.The Special Topics in Digital Teaching series offers a sequence of interactive discussions showcasing how faculty are using digital technology for teaching and learning. The series is delivered online via NITLEs multipoint interactive videoconferencing environment and is designed to help faculty make the transition from learning a new technology to using it effectively for teaching and learning. Participants are invited to join these lively discussions from the convenient location of their campus offices.


  • 1.Teaching with Mobile Devices: Smartphones
    Michael A. Taylor, Ph.D.
    February 2010

2. Agenda
The Evolution of Mobile Computing
Mobiles for Mapping
GIS; Web 2.0
Nokia Data Gathering
Digital Story Telling
Reflection; Research; Vlogging
Spontaneous and Less Structured Learning
3. Should we use mobiles in teaching?
4. Should we use mobiles in teaching?
5. Should we use mobiles in teaching?
6. Do we have a choice?
4.6 billion cell phones
3.3 billion unique cell phone users
One-third of students own and use internet services from a handheld device, with another third of students owning or planning to acquire a handheld, internet-capable device in the next 12 months. (ECAR, 2009)
Mobile is here to stay students need to be prepared
7. What Can Mobiles Provide as Learning Tools?
Convergence devices
Anytime, anywhere access to content
Can enhance interaction between and among students and instructors
Great for just-in-time training or review of content
Facilitate collaboration through synchronous and asynchronous communication
8. A quick comparison
Not looking to replace the laptop as much as to identify new ways of connecting, communicating, and creating content.
9. SHUmobile Strategic Question
How can Seton Hall University capitalize on technology already being integrated into the lives of our students, faculty and staff to enhance the academic environment, administrative processes and community engagement?
10. Teaching & Learning
Recruitment & Retention
Administrative Efficiency
Revenue Generation Opportunities
11. Teaching and Learning
Teaching & Learning
Projects in:
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Education and Human Services
Stillman School of Business
School of Health and Medical Sciences
Freshman Studies
12. Academic and Community Projects
Data Collection (Field Research, Polling, Chemistry Lab Report)
Spatial Analysis
Enhanced ePortfolios in the First Year Experience
SHU Story Corps Project Voices @ the Hall
Digital Storytelling
Mobile device programming course
Housing and Residence Life Social Media and Networking
The Setonian Publication
Community Collaboration, Communication and Leadership
13. Logistics
Unlocked and wifi capable smartphones
RFP for pilot projects
Device distribution, support, and collection via IT
SHUmobile FAQ, Wiki, and Blog
14. Mapping
15. Rahway River ArcGIS Research Project
ArcGIS course
East and West branches of Rahway River
Water quality sampling sites mapped
GPS coordinates
Geo-tagged panoramic pictures
Database stores indicators
Village of South Orange
16. 17. 18. 19. Easier Mapping Solutions
Necessary workplace skill
Steep learning curve for most students and faculty
Additional Mapping Tools and Examples
20. Reforestation Project - Google
21. Nokia Data Gathering
22. Center for Mobile Researchand Social Change
Mobile phones are playing a large role in developing world
Some Examples
Governance and Human Rights
23. 24. Nokia Data Gathering
25. Example of Academic Mobile Research
Water Quality Monitoring
East and West Branch of the Rahway River
Public Monitoring
26. A Multifaceted Collection Device
27. A Multifaceted Collection Device
28. A Multifaceted Collection Device
29. A Multifaceted Collection Device
30. A Multifaceted Collection Device
31. A Multifaceted Collection Device
32. A Multifaceted Collection Device
33. A Multifaceted Collection Device
34. A Multifaceted Collection Device
35. A Multifaceted Collection Device
36. A Multifaceted Collection Device
37. A Multifaceted Collection Device
38. NDG Server
39. NDG Server
40. NDG Server
41. NDG Mapping
42. NDG Mapping
43. New Jersey Environmental Narratives
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Location and Place
PowerPoint Assignment
Assignment Goals
What the Environment Means to Me The Arthur Kill
44. Public Policy Mini-Docs
Introduction to Public Policy
Policy Advocacy
Assignment Goals
Mini-Documentary for Public Policy
45. Video Blogging
Introduction to Public Policy
Replaced weekly writing assignments and oral presentations
Limited success lack of much innovation in use of the mobile v. web cam.
Public Policy Student Blog
46. Spontaneous/Less Formal Learning
Meadowlands Tour
Google Latitude
Student Discovery
Politics 2.0
47. Q&A
48. Nokia Mobile Devices
49. Further Questions?
Dr. Michael Taylor


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