Consider the question: “If I allow my students to have devices in the classroom, how can I stop them wasting time on social media?
Now consider the similar question: How do I stop my student (who I have told to put their device away) from staring into space and not taking in anything I say?”
Same answer to both questions, I reckon. Engage them!
I was absolutely delighted to watch this weeks episode of Australian Story featuring young high school teacher Eddie Woo. The best thing he said IMO was “take out your devices”. But he also has his own “Woo Tube” channel where he posts recordings of all his sessions! These are viewed by maths students from all around the world!
OK, so when you have taken that very brave step of saying “Take out your devices” how do you stop them going straight to Facebook.
The answer could be to immediately engage them in some activity which makes use of their beloved devices – “take out your devices and do………….”
There are any number of great apps which can be really engaging and useful. Lets take some examples that relate to the courses we deliver at our RTO, Early Childhood Education and Care and Individual Support
- Note-taking Apps e.g. Evernote – save all your notes in one place, add pictures, audio, drawings etc.
- Bookmarking Apps e.g. Pocket – save a link to read later
- Digital Children’s book Apps – e.g. Book Creator
- Childcare Observation Apps – e.g. Keptme
- Anatomy Apps e.g. Complete Anatomy
- Medical Terminology and Abbreviation Apps
- Heart-rate Apps
Other Activities to get your students to do on their devices:
- Join a peak body and subscribe to newsletters
- Look up the meaning of an unfamiliar word
- Google search a particular topic
- Bookmark a YouTube video or TED talk to watch for homework
- Engage with other students or educators on Facebook or LinkedIn
- Create podcasts and videos
- Reflective blogging
And so much more………..