After Class Session: Implementing Smartphone Learning

After Class Session: Implementing Smartphone Learning

In today’s tech driven world, students are now equipped with the latest devices that can help them access educational resources quicker than ever. In particular, smartphones have given them more reasons to continue their learning sessions outside the classroom.

How can you take advantage of mobile devices for after class learning? Here’s a post dedicated to assist instructors on how to encourage an interactive educational session.

Flipped classroom
The flipped classroom experience requires the instructor to provide educational material to students for them to review at home, while homework and activities are done in the classroom. With the help of smartphones, it is easier to share educational resource files to students through Cloud storage or emails. Availability of resources is also vast since they can access various learning materials on the web. The most important thing that you need to remember is to always remind the students of the responsibilities assigned to them to ensure they are making the most of their mobile devices for learning.

Video tutorials
Video tutorials can encourage your students to review their previous and upcoming lessons. As an instructor, you can create a video discussing your lessons for the day or at least suggest some tutorials that students can watch later on. YouTube and Vimeo have thousands of videos for learning that students can consume on their smartphones. There are also websites such as O2 Learn where students and teachers alike can upload educational videos for all learners worldwide. It comes with a myriad of language lessons to choose from (English, French, German, Italian, and other languages).

Virtual one-on- one session
Using their mobile devices, you can have a virtual one-on- one session through video calling for any subjects that require further tuition. It’s more efficient, too, as you can be on a video call with other students simultaneously. This is made easier since some smartphones like the iPhone 6s now come with a split screen view function, as per O2’s report. This can assist in note taking or following readings while on call, making each session seamless.

Learning apps
Remember the saying ‘there’s always an app for that’? So, when it comes to learning, there are thousands of
educational apps available for your classroom’s consumption. Leverage these resources by suggesting a few apps that you have personally tried yourself and highly recommend to your students. Some talented teachers also go that extra mile by building their own learning apps. If you want to create one yourself, this helpful guide from Edudemic will be a great resource on how to build your own educational application.Mobile devices have their own share of benefits to students, if it is responsibly and securely used for learning purposes more often. How do you make learning at home more interactive and engaging to students via smartphone? Leave us a comment below.

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TeachingJB is a 27-year old professional blogger and English teacher from Berkshire, UK. She transferred to Singapore to teach English in 2010, applying all the latest learning technology available on the market. She continues to share most of her learnings as a teacher and a student in her blog posts. She is also taking her master degree online under Khan Academy. Watch out for her own blog soon!

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