- Aaron Yang
- Plano, TX
- United States
Smartphone integration in classrooms
This idea is currently being proposed from my android before my computer science class begins. I believe part of the revolution in education is the initialization and integration of programming courses in classrooms, beginning as early as elementary education. Students nowadays are using cellphones before they even know where words such as android or galaxy came from. I remember receiving my first cellphone in the 8th grade and the only use I found for it back then was calling my parents to come pick me up from after school activities. This wasn't even a necessary convenience back then. I could have easily borrowed the school's office phone or a friend's. Now i see 4yr old kids playing with iphones while shopping at the grocery story. The growing dependence on smartphones is increasing. I just bought my first one this month, a galaxy nexus, and have been nearly inseparable from it. Sadly, i will be required to turn it on silent and stow it away once class begins, stowing away limitless information and a viable learning tool. Since i got my phone, i told myself i would not use it for silly games to waste my time away, but what else would i use it for i wondered? The kid next to me is playing words with friends and the sorority girl in the next row is playing fruit ninja. This got me thinking about the future of smartphones.
Many teachers assume that everyone who has a cellphone out during class is texting and everyone who has a smartphone out is playing games, tweeting, and/or texting. It has been brought up in several TEDtalks and other outside articles about the revolution of education. Teachers can definitely find ways to integrate social networking and apps to their lesson plan. Homework can possibly one-day be turned in on facebook and students can be actively engaged in learning calculus on their new app a teacher designs. This brings up another idea. Teachers should have some programming background in order to integrate these new ideas into their classrooms.