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Teaching With Mobile Devices: Smartphones


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 …

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 NITLE’s 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.

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  • Previous GIS courses had students create maps using secondary sources of data.  With the use of the mobile devices, students were required to create their own content.  The effect of this primary data creation was evident in a marked improvement in student presentations regarding the spatial connections between the various water quality monitoring sites. 
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  • 1. Teaching with Mobile Devices: Smartphones
    Michael A. Taylor, Ph.D.
    February 2010
  • 2. Agenda
    The Evolution of Mobile Computing
    Mobiles for Mapping
    GIS; Web 2.0
    Nokia Data Gathering
    Digital Story Telling
    Reflection; Research; Vlogging
    Spontaneous and Less Structured Learning
  • 3. 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 phones
    3.3 billion unique cell phone users
    One-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 prepared
  • 7. What Can Mobiles Provide as Learning Tools?
    Convergence devices
    Anytime, anywhere access to content
    Can enhance interaction between and among students and instructors
    Great for just-in-time training or review of content
    Facilitate collaboration through synchronous and asynchronous communication
  • 8. A quick comparison
    Not looking to replace the laptop as much as to identify new ways of connecting, communicating, and creating content.
  • 9. SHUmobile Strategic Question
    How 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 & Learning
    Recruitment & Retention
    Administrative Efficiency
    Revenue Generation Opportunities
  • 11. Teaching and Learning
    Teaching & Learning
    Projects in:
    College of Arts & Sciences
    College of Education and Human Services
    Stillman School of Business
    School of Health and Medical Sciences
    Freshman Studies
  • 12. Academic and Community Projects
    Data Collection (Field Research, Polling, Chemistry Lab Report)
    Spatial Analysis
    Enhanced ePortfolios in the First Year Experience
    SHU Story Corps Project – Voices @ the Hall
    Digital Storytelling
    Mobile device programming course
    Housing and Residence Life Social Media and Networking
    The Setonian Publication
    Community Collaboration, Communication and Leadership
  • 13. Logistics
    Unlocked and wifi capable smartphones
    RFP for pilot projects
    Device distribution, support, and collection via IT
    SHUmobile FAQ, Wiki, and Blog
  • 14. Mapping
  • 15. Rahway River ArcGIS Research Project
    ArcGIS course
    East and West branches of Rahway River
    Water quality sampling sites mapped
    GPS coordinates
    Geo-tagged panoramic pictures
    Database stores indicators
    Village of South Orange
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  • 19. Easier Mapping Solutions
    Necessary workplace skill
    Steep learning curve for most students and faculty
    Additional Mapping Tools and Examples
  • 20. Reforestation Project - Google
  • 21. Nokia Data Gathering
  • 22. Center for Mobile Researchand Social Change
    Mobile phones are playing a large role in developing world
    Some Examples
    Governance and Human Rights
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  • 24. Nokia Data Gathering
  • 25. Example of Academic Mobile Research
    Water Quality Monitoring
    East and West Branch of the Rahway River
    Public Monitoring
  • 26. A Multifaceted Collection Device
  • 27. A Multifaceted Collection Device
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  • 30. A Multifaceted Collection Device
  • 31. A Multifaceted Collection Device
  • 32. A Multifaceted Collection Device
  • 33. A Multifaceted Collection Device
  • 34. A Multifaceted Collection Device
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  • 36. A Multifaceted Collection Device
  • 37. A Multifaceted Collection Device
  • 38. NDG Server
  • 39. NDG Server
  • 40. NDG Server
  • 41. NDG Mapping
  • 42. NDG Mapping
  • 43. New Jersey Environmental Narratives
    Introduction to Environmental Studies
    Location and Place
    PowerPoint Assignment
    Assignment Goals
    What the Environment Means to Me – The Arthur Kill
  • 44. Public Policy Mini-Docs
    Introduction to Public Policy
    Policy Advocacy
    Assignment Goals
    Mini-Documentary for Public Policy
  • 45. Video Blogging
    Introduction to Public Policy
    Replaced weekly writing assignments and oral presentations
    Limited success – lack of much innovation in use of the mobile v. web cam.
    Public Policy Student Blog
  • 46. Spontaneous/Less Formal Learning
    Meadowlands Tour
    Google Latitude
    Student Discovery
    Politics 2.0
  • 47. Q&A
  • 48. Nokia Mobile Devices
  • 49. Further Questions?
    Dr. Michael Taylor