Posted on 14-07-2007
Filed Under (Mobile technology) by gashed

The Irish Independent newspaper published an article about a Department of Education and Science, NCTE, Foras na Gaelige and the NCCA program to use mobile phones in the teaching of Irish.  It is hoped the use of technology will motivate students and improve their communication skills.  The use of ICT in assessement will also be trialed.  The exercises that the students will undertake are:

  •  Pupils use mobile phones to dial a number and hear a series of recorded questions to which they respond. They can re-record until they are happy with their response.
  •  Teachers listen to student responses online and provide feedback, either in printed form or on a podcast.
  •  Teachers use SMS to send a word a day to pupils for them to learn.
  • Pupils log on to a secure web chatroom where a stimulus, such as a photo or movie, is provided to prompt a written story.

There are some good ideas there; the use of the phone to somehow record oral homework is novel.  However, SMSing a word to learn is very lame – why not write it on the board .  Only one of the exercises do the students potentially have the oppurtunity to learn from each other and generate content.  I’m sure there are better more pedagogically sound ways to use phones in the classroom?  One other question is the headline states:

Pupils lap up hi-tech learning of Irish

Can phones really be considered ‘hi-tech’ anymore? 

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