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: SmartphonesNITLEMichael A. Taylor, Ph.D.February 20102. AgendaThe Evolution of Mobile ComputingMobiles for MappingGIS; Web 2.0Nokia Data GatheringDigital Story TellingReflection; Research; VloggingSpontaneous and Less Structured LearningQ&A3. 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 phones3.3 billion unique cell phone usersOne-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 prepared7. What Can Mobiles Provide as Learning Tools?Convergence devicesAnytime, anywhere access to contentCan enhance interaction between and among students and instructorsGreat for just-in-time training or review of contentFacilitate collaboration through synchronous and asynchronous communication8. A quick comparisonNot looking to replace the laptop as much as to identify new ways of connecting, communicating, and creating content.9. SHUmobile Strategic QuestionHow 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 & LearningRecruitment & RetentionAdministrative EfficiencyRevenue Generation Opportunities11. Teaching and LearningTeaching & LearningProjects in:College of Arts & SciencesCollege of Education and Human ServicesStillman School of BusinessSchool of Health and Medical SciencesFreshman Studies12. Academic and Community ProjectsData Collection (Field Research, Polling, Chemistry Lab Report)Spatial AnalysisEnhanced ePortfolios in the First Year ExperienceSHU Story Corps Project Voices @ the HallDigital StorytellingMobile device programming courseHousing and Residence Life Social Media and NetworkingThe Setonian PublicationCommunity Collaboration, Communication and Leadership13. LogisticsUnlocked and wifi capable smartphonesRFP for pilot projectsDevice distribution, support, and collection via ITSHUmobile FAQ, Wiki, and Blog14. Mapping15. Rahway River ArcGIS Research ProjectArcGIS courseEast and West branches of Rahway RiverWater quality sampling sites mapped GPS coordinatesGeo-tagged panoramic picturesN95Database stores indicatorsVillage of South Orange16. 17. 18. 19. Easier Mapping SolutionsArcGISNecessary workplace skillExpensiveSteep learning curve for most students and facultyAdditional Mapping Tools and ExamplesOVIGoogle20. Reforestation Project - GooglePurposeGoalsN9721. Nokia Data Gathering22. Center for Mobile Researchand Social ChangeMobile phones are playing a large role in developing worldSome ExamplesGovernance and Human RightsEducationHealth23. 24. Nokia Data Gathering25. Example of Academic Mobile ResearchWater Quality MonitoringEast and West Branch of the Rahway RiverPublic Monitoring26. A Multifaceted Collection Device27. A Multifaceted Collection Device28. A Multifaceted Collection Device29. A Multifaceted Collection Device30. A Multifaceted Collection Device31. A Multifaceted Collection Device32. A Multifaceted Collection Device33. A Multifaceted Collection Device34. A Multifaceted Collection Device35. A Multifaceted Collection Device36. A Multifaceted Collection Device37. A Multifaceted Collection Device38. NDG Server39. NDG Server40. NDG Server41. NDG Mapping42. NDG Mapping43. New Jersey Environmental NarrativesIntroduction to Environmental StudiesReflectionLocation and PlacePowerPoint AssignmentAssignment GoalsWhat the Environment Means to Me The Arthur Kill44. Public Policy Mini-DocsIntroduction to Public PolicyResearch Policy AdvocacyAssignment GoalsMini-Documentary for Public Policy45. Video BloggingIntroduction to Public PolicyReplaced weekly writing assignments and oral presentationsLimited success lack of much innovation in use of the mobile v. web cam.Public Policy Student Blog46. Spontaneous/Less Formal LearningMeadowlands TourQikGoogle LatitudeStudent DiscoveryPolitics 2.047. Q&A48. Nokia Mobile DevicesE71N95N9749. Further Questions?Dr. Michael Taylormichael.taylor@shu.edu


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