Use Smart Phones for Student Interaction

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Instructor Testimony I

  • Professor: Rick Brunson, Journalism, Nicholson School of Communication, UCF

Professor Brunson encourages his students to use only their smartphones to collect and file information to be used in a news story. They used voice-to-text conversion apps, digital notepads, and other applications on their smartphones to interview students, capture the information, and send it electronically to his email account. The final product appeared as a newspaper story in the Orlando Sentinel.

Link to example artifact(s)

See a list of mobile apps useful to journalism students for research

See the final product of student smartphone interaction from Professor Rick Brunson’s journalism course appeared in this newspaper story in the Orlando Sentinel.

Link to scholarly reference(s)

Cradler, J., McNabb, M., Freeman, M., Burchett, R. (2002). How does technology influence student learning? International Society for Technology in Education. 29, 8. Retrieved April 22, 2011 from

EDUCAUSE. (2010). 7 things you should know about mobile apps learning. Retrieved April 22, 2011, fromĀ


Vargas, J. and Thompson, K. (2015). Use smart phones for student interaction. In Chen, B., deNoyelles, A., & Thompson, K. (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved June 15, 2019 from

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