Often, teachers fall into two camps about cellphones. "Why do they need to use their phone?" This perspective is demonstrated by the image to the right, where the teacher takes all phones away from students every day. Life is too short for me to rant about that.
The more enthusiastic teachers frequently talk about using technology to energize and engage students. The utility of this approach, in my view, is limited. Novelty wears off, or we'd still be showing filmstrips. Does the tool have a strong pedagogical foundation?
First among many uses of cellphones in the classroom is about feedback. Students and teachers alike can receive immediate and individualized feedback about their performance, their ideas and their contributions. The technology allows more students to "talk" at once and allows them to get responses from more "people" at a time. They can become more engaged with each other and with the instructional content. That's the type of engagement I'm interested in.
Enough soapbox for today. Here's a quick rundown of what we covered in the session.
GoSoapBox leads the field
Socrative not very Socratic
Infuse learning a distant third
- more question types (see below),
- a drawing response option, in addition to a shared whiteboard space,
- text and audio translation options.