Friday, November 01, 2013

Mobile phone images and video in science teaching and learning

Mobile me The educational use of mobile devices has had some attention recently in terms of recording field work and also as voting devices, but considering that the majority of students now own these powerful handheld computers, it is surprising that we have not given them a more central place in education. For all out ego-centric technodeterminism, mobile technologies have had far more impact in developing countries than here. Which is why it is not surprising to see papers such as this, but how long will it be until we stop trying to control technology in education and bring it fully into play?

Mobile phone images and video in science teaching and learning. (2013) Learning, Media and Technology doi: 10.1080/17439884.2013.825628
This article reports a study into how mobile phones could be used to enhance teaching and learning in secondary school science. It describes four lessons devised by groups of Sri Lankan teachers all of which centred on the use of the mobile phone cameras rather than their communication functions. A qualitative methodological approach was used to analyse data collected from the teachers' planning, observations of the lessons and subsequent interviews with selected pupils. The results show that using images and video captured on mobile phones supported the teachers not only in bringing the outside world into the classroom but also in delivering instructions, in assessing students' learning and in correcting students' misconceptions. In these instances, the way the images from the mobile phone cameras supported students' learning is explained using a variety of approaches to understand how images support learning.

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