Activity 11.3a – mLearning Reflection

In the mythology lesson plan that was assigned to review, I found that Step 12, which directed that students create a game entitled “What’s My Line?” would provide the perfect occasion to combine all aspects of this week’s lesson.

Firstly, the interactive/collaborative nature in creating and then playing the review game, offers a great opportunity for mobile technology, which allows for easy and quick modes of sharing, to be incorporated into the lesson. In this instance, choosing a mobile device such as a tablet or smartphone would be recommended, as the choice of applications that support communication and creation among its users is quite vast.  In fact, Cobocards, would be one such app that would quite seamlessly enhance Step 12. Not only could the students use each flash card to state one of their assigned five sentences about their god or goddesses in the “Question” cell provided, it would also give them the option to list the omitted name in the “Answer” section.

Upon the completion of each student’s set of sentence flash cards, the instructor could import them or use the “Team” setting to create a collaborative set of cards. The teacher can then use a (connected) tablet to project the flashcard sentences (i.e. questions) on an Interactive White Board (IWB) for everyone to follow and read along.  The incorporation of mobile technology in this instance would improve the lesson, as it has an increased measure of permanence that could be used for studying.

If sentences were simply written on pieces of paper and pulled from a “hat” etc., students would be unable to review them, not only during the actual game, but also at a later date when they might want to go over the mythological characters studied.  Therefore, in order for one to go ahead with this measure of mLearning, it would be important to determine the availability of technology required i.e. whether the students have equal access to the required devices (in this instance tablets or smartphones). It is also crucial to remember that access to technology will vary outside of school, so it is vital to provide students with the option to obtain a printed version of the material developed.  Nor would it hurt to make parents aware of the study tools one is implementing in class, not only to maintain a degree of transparency, but so they too can follow up with their child and ensure that they utilize all possible resources available, when preparing for unit tests, exams etc.

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