Use Smart Phones for Student Interaction

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Students are increasingly using smart phones for academic activities. In a survey report conducted at the University of Central Florida, it was found that ownership of mobile devices (99.8%) remains high. 82% of student respondents indicated that they had used a mobile app for learning at least once each week. How can teachers harness the power of these devices?

Instructor Testimony I

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

Instructor 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 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.

EDUCAUSE. (2010). 7 things you should know about mobile apps learning.


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

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