I found a lot of interesting blogs about the use of smart phones in class. This one was my favorite one about it. Most people are frustrated about it because it is a distraction, it makes noise, it can be used for cheating, etc. I was this kind of person who only thinks about the disadvantages until I read those blogs. Most of them were very interesting, they convinced me and I will try, by talking about it, to encourage other people to use smart phones in class as well.
Almost every student has a cell phone so why not use it in class? There are many things you can do with a smart phone in class and students will really appreciate using it. Of course there are some issues, smart phones can distract students, some students will use it to text during lessons, they can take pictures, etc. but there are also a lot of advantages. All through this blog, I will enumerate en describe different advantages of the use of smart phones in class. To use most of these tips properly, you have to make sure there is a Wi-Fi available so students can access the internet for free but it shouldn’t be a problem since almost every school now has a Wi-Fi.
First interesting point, you can use it as a student agenda. Students can write in their calendar what they have to do and when it is due. Also, it is possible to set an alarm to remind them they have to do something. As they use their phones a lot, it will help them remember what they have to do and when.
Second, they can use their phones to contact team members. It is easy, quick and a lot more efficient than e-mails.
Third, dictionaries are expensive and heavy but students could now access a dictionary on their phones at anytime and without carrying one. It is easier and faster and students will probably be encouraged to use it more than they would use a traditional dictionary.
Fourth, students can use their smart phones as a research tool. There is even a Google search application.
Fifth, smart phones can be used for electronic books. It is easier to carry books and it is a good way to save money on book purchase. Students cannot lose their electronic versions of books and they cannot smash it. Instead of sharing 30 copies of the same book between three different classes, students could have their own copy on their cell phones.
These are only a few ways to use smart phones in class. It is also accessible, it has a calculator, you can set alarms and there are a lot of cheap or free applications you can get these days which can be very useful in class. I found most of these advantages on this website which also suggests nice applications you can use for cellphones in class. I could enumerate advantages for hours but I think this is convincing enough. If you want more ideas of things to do with a cellphone in class I suggest you to visit this website. I really hope you will consider using smart phones in class after you’ve read my blog or, at least, be able to admit that there are not only disadvantages about these devices!