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Teaching With Mobile Devices: Smartphones


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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
    • 23.
    • 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
    • 28. A Multifaceted Collection Device
    • 29. A Multifaceted Collection Device
    • 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
    • 35. A Multifaceted Collection Device
    • 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