Bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own technology (BYOT) policies are growing in education and the workplace. Teachers are taking advantage of mobile devices for “m-learning,” putting those mini computers in kids’ backpacks and pockets to use. Here are 10 lesson ideas for BYOD and m-learning in the classroom.
- Answer Poll Questions Through Text
Poll Everywhere allows teachers to create a multiple choice or open-ended poll question. Then, students can text their answers and watch the poll populate on the screen. Click here to answer our poll question.
- Ask Google Questions
Google SMS allows you to look up words in the dictionary, inquire about dates in history and find the capital of a foreign country by simply texting a question to GOOGLE or 466453.
- Provide Classroom Instruction On QR-Codes
With simple QR-Code generators like Kaywa QR-Code, you can provide links to educational content that students can access on their smart phone or tablet. Try our QR-Code below:
- Study With a Flashcard App
With apps like Flashcard Deluxe, students can write up digital flashcards on their notes in order to study on their smart phone, iPod or tablet.
- Share Ideas Over Text
Wiffiti allows students to text responses or feedback that can then be projected on a screen to the whole class. This way, students can actively participate in discussion using their mobile phones, computers or tablets. Click here to join Getting Smart on Wiffiti.
- Connect With Parents and Students With Google Voice
Mike Shumake published a blog recently on how to use Google Voice to connect with parents and students after school. This is a great way to keep in touch with a large group of people in a cost-effective way.
- Listen to Educational Podcasts
iTunes U provides countless educational podcasts across a wide spectrum subject areas by quality and credible resources, scholars and universities. Allowing students to listen to podcasts in class provides another dynamic way of learning to material. What’s more, students can move at their own pace through the podcast, replaying anything that may have been missed.
- Visually Explore Outside of the Classroom
Apps like Google Earth, museum apps and more allow students to travel the globe from the comfort of their classroom desk. In an increasingly global economy and world, mobile apps are a great way to explore beyond the reaches of the community.
- Capture Lessons With Digital Cameras
Students can use a digital camera, a cell phone, or tablet to capture lessons from their environments such as geometric shapes and more. Check out this list of “1001 Uses for a Digital Camera.”
- Video Conference to Connect With Guest Speakers or Pen Pals
Students could use a laptop, smart phone or tablet to video conference with classroom guest speakers or pen pals across the country or globe. View our list of “Top Apps for Web Conferencing.”