33 Interesting Ways to Use a Mobile Phone in the Classroom – a compilation of ideas for using mobile devices shared by a number of teachers and collated by Tom Barrett. These ideas suggest classroom-specific ideas for making use of the wide range of inbuilt tools on any smartphone which many learners will bring to school (whether it’s a timer, audio-recording, taking photographs or video, using a QR code scanner and so much more) all to support learning in the classroom. The ideas have been suggested by teachers and if you have an idea you’d like to share then do get in touch with Tom Barrett as his Interesting Ways series of crowd-sourced collections of ideas to use in the classroom develop when teachers share what works for them.
Create a Mobile Learning Scavenger Hunt – this is a post describing the use of an app (available on Apple or Android mobile devices) for participants to locate specified information, or undertake certain tasks in a given location. This particular post describes the use at an education event where the tasks set out via the app make use of the features of the mobile device (such as using the camera or audio recording apps) for participants to either work individually or in collaboration with others, and to use the scavenger hunt app to provide the feedback (whether answering questions, locating specific places and unlocking clues when in location, or taking images or recording audio at specified locations). The app used in this event is called Social Scavenger, which is free, but the ideas which are described could be adapted for use using other tools to suit the required learning intentions for a specific class.
The video below gives a flavour of the use of this scavenger hunt app in use at the education event
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