With so many high school students owning mobile devices, educators may be missing opportunities by simply banning them. Experts say schools should take advantage of these tools to engage students and make learning more collaborative.
Twitter is an information network that’s available online and in app form. Conversations may seem trivial, but the valuable tool lets users share their thoughts, questions, links, photos, and videos. Students can tweet in journalism classes, posting reports online in real time, for instance, or on field trips, sharing what they’re discovering on their trips.
Want to know if your students have absorbed a lesson and are ready to move on? Available for any device with a browser (smartphones, tablets, iPod touch), this Web-based student-response system enables you to assess in real time -- via multiple-choice, short-answer, and true-false questions -- how much of the material your students understand. Students enter their answers on their own devices, allowing them the privacy to answer candidly, and results are tabulated immediately. Instant feedback!
Students can get quizzed on the SAT’s different sections via subject-organized practice questions; they can take tests (timed and untimed), which are scored immediately to provide them with feedback on potential problem areas and how to correct them.
Check out app and Web tool ideas for elementary and middle school students. And for more on mobile devices for learning, download this classroom guide: