Tips on Remodeling a Classroom into a Cellphone-Inspired Classroom
- Educators are frustrated with distracting cellphones.
- Students are frustrated with “out of touch” educators forcing them to communicate in ways they seldom use outside of the classroom.
- Create a cellphone-inspired environment that connects to them in the way they want to communicate.
Within steps of your classroom door, students can willingly enter into the cellphone inspired learning environment without ever taking out their Android, Windows, or Apple phone.
Here are eight steps to get you on your way to improving student engagement, conduct, comprehension, and application in the classroom.
Step 1: Power Button = Anticipatory Set
Focus the attention of the student before opening the classroom door by placing a prompt, a set of images, or a quiz question on a message board. This will lower conduct problems and redirect the student to engage in learning while disengaging from previous social activity.
Step 2: App Icon = Title/Learning Objective
On a sandwich board list the learning topic of the day and the importance of that topic in the “real world.” Students will engage faster when they understand what they are being asked to learn and how they will be able to apply that learning as a result in their daily lives.
Step 3: Username/Password = Sign In Sheet
Like with almost all cellphone apps a username and password are required. In a cellphone inspired learning model, students must log in before taking a seat by signing their name on the pre-printed roster.
This daily writing helps to improve their penmanship signature, both standard and signature, and provides the teacher with a more accurate record of attendance.
Students will then take their seats but note, up until this point the students have gained focus before entering the classroom, initiated learning by redirecting their attention to the topic, objectives, and outcomes for the day, and have taken attendance all without engagement from the teacher.
This is important because it accomplishes classroom management, student self-discipline, and provides teachers a greater opportunity to observe interactions between students.
Step 4: Start App = Input- Teacher Engagement
After a brief warm welcome to the class, the new skill, procedure or course content should be presented to the students in the most effective manner.
The teaching style of the instructor should make this experience unique and exciting for the students.
Learning through discovery, discussions, listening activities, etc. can be fun when the educator incorporates their brand of humor, emotion, and humanity to the learning topic.
Step 5: Video/Text = Modeling
It is important for students to visually see what they are learning. The use of infographics, slideshows, and short video, etc. will demonstrate exactly what the finished product looks like.
Mix it up.
Record yourself some time or narrate a well-known scene with your topic content. All in all, remember even though a picture is worth a thousand words no one wants to read the same words all semester.
Step 6: Texting/Comment = Checking for Comprehension
We all have our favorite apps. Whether it is Facebook, World of Warcraft, Pinterest, or YouTube, if you were to walk around your classroom on a free-day and see students on their phones, you would concur that apps are unique to the individual.
When checking for comprehension, provide students with that same level of choice through multiple delivery methods. A student should be able to tell you if they “get it” by writing, speaking or role-playing their knowledge of the topic.
Installing a Creative Comprehension Delivery Method is a fun and accurate way to gauge what the student understands by accommodating his/her communication style.
Step 7: Swipe and Repeat = Practice and Assessment
Students practice the new learning either individually or in groups under direct teacher supervision.
TIP: By using Madeline Hunter’s trimodal approach, the teacher solidifies comprehension by having the class hear, see, and then do as a final activity.
Step 8: Share = Wrap Up
Learning is so much more fun when you can tell someone else where you have been, what you have learned, and/or what you have accomplished.
This is the key for turning an analog environment into an interactive, highly engaging cellphone remode because it allows students a platform to share with each other, the school, and online.
Placing posters on the wall closest to the exit door, taking students out on the lawn to discuss the impact of the topic, and posting online the creativity of your students are just some of the ways that teachers can merge the gap between analog and digital learning.