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Smartphones and teenagers, threat or opportunity. Poster ICL2012


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Smartphones and teenagers, threat or opportunity. Poster ICL2012

  1. 1. Smartphones and teenagers, threat or opportunity Mariluz Guenaga, Iratxe Mentxaka, Andoni Eguíluz, Susana Romero, Javier García Zubía DeustoTech Learning – Deusto Foundation – University of Deusto – Bilbao, Spain {mlguenaga, iratxe.mentxaka, andoni.eguiluz, sromeroyesa, zubia} Smartphones  Multimedia capabilities: camera, sound and video recorder, audiovisual playing options, GPS, task manager, calendar, etc. Threat or opportunity? THREATS OPPORTUNITIES Teenagers… ▪ Like to break the rules ▪ May feel isolated ▪ Need to belong to a group ▪ Need to be connected all the time  creates dependency Technology causes… ▪ Speed of diffusion ▪ Exposition of the private life ▪ Make easier to lie and to cheat ▪ Can cause sexting or ciberbulling Pedagogy needs… ▪ Time for the training of teachers ▪ An integrated planning of mobile learning within the curriculum ▪ Capabilities  camera, sound and video recorder, audiovisual playing options, GPS, task manager, calendar,... ▪ Internet connection  World connection ▪ Students become prosumers (produces and consumers) of their knowledge. ▪ Change in the role of students à autonomous ▪ Extend learning experiences a anytime, anywhere We propose Protection + Education + Trust:  Protect young people from cheat and fraud  Educate young people in the use of technology. Make them difference between private and public data.  Trust young people so they share what they do in the virtual world or if they feel they are being cheated, bullied or threatened. TOWARDS A NEW PARADIGM 1. Active students experimentation 2. Autonomous management of resources and technological tools 3. Social constructivism Recommendations: Train technological skills of teachers according to available technology. Give constant feedback to students. Start with simple tools that student already know and use. Plan the activity considering the efforts involved in using smartphones. Equitable use should be promote  diversity and inclusion. Encourage flexible learning experience (learning rates, interests and abilities of each student). Use Examples:  Video streaming  Geo location on Google Maps  Micro-blogging  Text messaging notifications  Reading QR codes  Collaborative work with social networks Key Factors Experiment with technology as much as possible. Keep an open and proactive behavior towards innovation and improvement in learning. Reflect on skills you want to develop and in what way technology can enhance the teaching/learning process. Try to innovate with small steps. Share knowledge and experiences with colleagues and learn from them. RELEVANT REFERENCES: [1] Ally, M. (2009). Mobile learning: Transforming the delivery of education and training. [2] Ash, Katie. (2010). Teachers Testing Mobile Methods. [3]Davis, Michelle R. (2010). Solving Algebra On Smartphones. [4] Ford, M., & Leinonen (2009). T. MobilED-mobile tools and services platform for formal and informal learning. [5] Traxler, J. (2009). Learning in a mobile age. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning. [6] Wexler, S., Brown, J. , Metcalf, D., Rogers, D. & Wagner, E. (2008). The e-learning Guild Report Mobile Learning.