The College’s Learning Technology team is back with a brand new blog post!
This post will summarise some useful (and free) ways student devices can be used within the classroom as a means to enhance participation, create opportunities for collaboration, and overall just provide further ways to make learning more interesting.
BYOD might sound like YAA (Yet Another Acronym) if there wasn’t enough already, but it is a very useful concept to consider in modern education.
Essentially most students have smartphones, and smartphones can access the internet and download educational apps.
It would seem a shame and a missed opportunity to not make use of this trend since half of the trouble – and most of the cost – has already been spent by the student purchasing these devices.
Thinglink is very straightforward and easy to use. It comprises an image which is either taken from the web or from your own computer and this image is used as a virtual pin board whereby either the lecturer or the students can pin information onto it – whether that information is text, a web address, another image or even an embedded video is entirely up to the individual doing the pinning.
Once created on their website the Thinglink can be embedded within Moodle on a course page by pasting the html code into Moodle’s html editor (ask us at email@example.com if you need help with this).
It is easy to envisage how this tool can be used within the context of BYOD. Students already enrolled on a Moodle course will then be able to interact with the image using their smartphones to login to Moodle and the activity could be displayed on a smart board so everyone can see the interaction in progress.
Padlet is basically a collaborative wall for students or staff to post information. It is more like a virtual pin board where students can upload images, share links, or simply their written ideas. This suits being displayed on a smart board so that everyone can see what is going on.
Setting up a Padlet wall is very quick, and once again only requires a link to be shared to students. Padlet can be embedded on a Moodle page in exactly the same way as Thinglink and other forms of media.
One of the good things about the quizzes on Moodle is that they are often easy to complete on any device whether that be a PC, a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
Students will have no trouble accessing these forms of activity as long as they are already enrolled on the Moodle page.
Being able to access Moodle outside of college also makes these activities doable in any setting such as on a fieldtrip. Even in areas where there is no wireless access students will commonly receive a mobile network connection to the internet.
If you have any questions regarding students using their own devices in or outside the classroom, on potential apps or learning tools please just ask us: firstname.lastname@example.org.