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Mobile Devices Increase Engagement

Jackie Gerstein,
Ed.D.
Online Faculty Educational Technology
Dr. Jackie Gerstein’s byline is,
“I don’t do teaching for a living.
I live teaching as my doing . . .
and technology has amplified
my passion for doing so.”
Gerstein has been teaching for
decades and currently offers
master’s-level online courses
in educational technology
for Boise State and others.
Her background includes a
strong focus on experiential
and adventure learning. She
believes that one responsibility
of 21st century education is
to share resources, ideas, and
instructional strategies with
other educators..

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obile and online technologies are ubiquitous extensions of
most people’s (of all ages) playing, working, learning, doing,
and being. As such, I integrate technologies in all of my teaching
venues, from elementary level to graduate level. I have students
text to one another to interview and share ideas, take photos and videos of
concepts being covered in class, and use quick-response codes to access
and discuss information.
One class I taught was Interpersonal Communications to a group of
undergraduates, ages 17 to mid-40s, at a vocational college. As such,
the students were not academically minded or oriented. I asked them to
use their own mobile devices throughout the course during every class.
Through my own observations, I found that the use of mobile devices
increased engagement, focus, and learning. An end-of-course anonymous
survey confirmed my observations. The following comments are
representative of the comments at large:
• I personally enjoyed the activities quite a lot. They helped me learn the

concepts effectively while also being enjoyable to participate in.
• The use of cell phones was something that we use everyday, so it

related back to us.
• I appreciate that there were so many hands-on activities to do and that

we got to learn in a different style other than lecture or reading.
• It was nice to use [the mobile devices] and not have to hide them, and it

connected the class.
• It made us open up to one another, because we had to connect at a

more social level.

Key Lessons
1

The use of mobile devices
increased engagement,
focus, and learning.

2

Mobile technology connects
students in a class and can
offer a learning style other
than lecture.

3

Mobile technology links
learning to students
everyday lives.

“The use of mobile
devices increased
engagement, focus,
and learning.”

See more such responses here.

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