Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents for Curriculum, and Principals as the educational leaders for their district and building have the responsibility of helping students to succeed. One way to accomplish this goal is to assist teachers through showing them how to use technology at higher levels to meet learning goals. A current hot technology centers on mobile learning through tablets and Smartphones.
These educational leaders may enlist the assistance of the Director of Technology or a technology specialist to show teachers how to quickly climb the ladder of learning with mobile learning. Unfortunately, when people introduce a new technology, they generally tend to show its lower levels of learning such as for drill (memorization) or comprehension. Those people demonstrating tablets or Smartphones will not focus on using these mobile learning devices to access factual knowledge such as through Chacha or Google. Instead, they will show how students can create a Google Form survey and then send it to collect much data about any topic . For example, one group of Health students create a healthy food checklist of how many servings (0, ,1 2,3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9) of vegetables, fruits, meat, etc. people actually eat each day and an age range of the person such as 5-9, 10-15, 16-20, … The students send it out to their friends, etc. and within 48 hours they have over 400 responses which Google Forms automatically tabulates for them. They prepare a mini-presentation about the results.
The leaders will show teachers how their students can use Google images to contrast visual information important to subject area learning. As an illustration, students in groups of two may search for Geography and each group has a different country in South America such as Geography Venezuela, Geography Colombia, etc. Students can find images that show ocean, rivers, mountains, plains, etc. The students do human graphs of geography. The student group from Venezuela picks a geographic feature from its country such as mountains. All the groups that have mountains in their country raise their hands. Then, the next country Colombia picks a different geography such as ocean. Again, all the groups that have ocean raise their hands. This continues until all the geographic features have been covered. The teacher keeps a chart on the board with the number of countries having the same feature. Students discuss the chart and its implication.
What high level uses of mobile learning will your teachers use?
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