How to use Mobile Phones in Science Lessons

Teaching Strategies

By Michael Hilkemeijer

Mobile technology is helping to represent abstract ideas in science. It has the potential to make significant contributions to the teaching of science including helping students understand scientific phenomena, assist in recording, exploring relationships and finding and researching information. 

When organising mobile technology in the Science classroom consider following:

  • The current level of ICT capability in students;
  • The management of the resources;
  • How to evaluate the use of technology in the classroom and;
  • Technical support. 

 Here are six teacher-tested ideas and strategies on using mobile phones in a Science lesson:

  1. Get students to text the correct answer on their mobile phone to a question. The first student to do so would be the winner – Andrew Douch;
  2. Ask students to take photos on a field trip and then to use them in a report – Rebekah Randall;
  3. Text message images of minerals or elements – Lynne Sullivan;
  4. Research a science topic that generates controversy such as global warming – Judy Pederson;
  5. Use mobile phones to take pictures of everyday activities related to the study of chemical elements. Students could then use these images in their chemistry studies – Rebekah Randall;
  6. Create a mobile friendly website regarding nutrition and fitness – unknown teacher;
  7. Take photos of objects in their natural settings – unknown teacher;
  8. Document and take photos of different types of insects then send them to a class map on the Internet – unknown teacher;
  9. Use the phone calculator app to make calculations.

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