Whatever to allow students to carry mobiles to the classroom is a matter of debate between teachers, parents, students and the administrative staff. Mobile phones are very popular students and nearly everyone owns one. Many parents think that mobiles are necessary so that they can contact their children in emergency.
Teachers consider mobile as a classroom distraction because it affects student's concentration. But students carrying mobiles is an unavoidable fact. Integration of mobile phone activities with learning would help to create some excitation for learning in the classroom.
This can be a perfect activity to begin with. It is very natural for students to discuss various features of each other's mobiles in the classroom. Teachers will be able to gain attention and interest of the students. Ask students to form groups and write description and features of the mobile phone that they have selected. Then they can have group discussion in order to understand the usefulness, look and drawbacks of these phones. Based on this discussion students can rank all the mobile phones.
Mobiles as Teaching Tools
The next step would be to ask students, how they would like to use cell phones as a tool to enhance their learning. This would help them to use the same device in more innovative way, so that they can create a value in their daily life. Let's see some of the usages of the mobiles. 1) Digital Cameras. Use them to capture various things for multimedia presentations and reports. 2) Dictionaries. It is very useful in literature and language classes for students to quickly find out the meaning of the words. 3) Internet Access. Students can share their work with others.
Next step is to ask students to use all the above four point to apply and do some activities. Suppose it is a language class then ask them to find out uncommon words, jargon, phrases etc. In other classes they can make presentation on various topics and share them with others.
According to various research studies, cell phone radiation may cause serious health issues. How mobile phones affect health and environment and what are the necessary steps to be taken to prevent risks? Use this topic for the discussion to create awareness among the young generation especially teenagers.
Mobile phones are precious for everyone and are always vulnerable targets for theft. Students can do research on the mobile applications that are available in the market to download to safeguard their mobiles and the data on it.
Now we can see that cell phones are not hindrance in classroom learning but can prove to be a very strong tool depends on how creatively teachers can use them.