Mobile Learning Activity

For my Educational Technology class at Boise State University, I needed to create a mobile learning activity.  Since I am a big believer in making what I teach inside my classroom connect to the outside world and have relevance to my student’s learning, I came up with the idea of what I call “the big picture of economics” lesson. 

Mobile learning is allowing teachers to give students opportunities to always be learning, and this lesson seems to be no exception.  In the lesson, which will be ongoing throughout the semester, students will be in one of two groups either those taking pictures, or those responding on the blog.  Students will then be required to take pictures on their mobile phones and upload them via Flickr to the class blog.  Those not taking the pictures will be required to, on the class blog, comment on the pictures, explaining what economic concepts they represent, what may have caused the economic concept being presented, whether or not government involvement occured and whether that involvement was effective. 

Although I have not run this lesson yet I feel it will be effective for students’ learning in my AP Economics course because it will require them to always be on the lookout for the economic concepts in the world around them, and will allow them to recognize important concepts outside of the classroom.  This lesson will also stress relevance of the topics we are covering throughout the semester.  I look forward to checking back with the progress of the lesson once the semester starts. 

Here is a link to a PowerPoint presentation about this activity.

AECT Standards:

3.1 Media Utilization
Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization
Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization.


About jjanczak

A secondary social science teacher jumping into the world of education technology and trying to make classrooms centered around technology the rule, not the exception in the school systems.
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3 Responses to Mobile Learning Activity

  1. Thanks, Jason. You have demonstrated the power of using mobile devices for something very simple, but very powerful. I have really enjoyed having you in class (again), reading your comments and feedback, and of course, seeing your final mobile learning activity.

  2. Kipp says:

    This is great Jason! I am sure your students will enjoy the activity. Here is a link to a resource to give you some other ideas about using cell phones with your students.

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