Going Mobile EdChat Series presented by the Verizon Thinkfinity Content Partners was a successful opportunity to connect with others via Twitter on the subject of mobile learning. This three part series focused on Student Engagement, Student-Created Material Content, and Authentic Tasks. Suzanne Thurston created a Storify#MobileEdChat: Authentic Tasks | November 12, 2013 record with all pertinent tweets from this week's chat. Below are the questions posed during this chat along with answer tweets:
Q1: What does the phrase “authentic learning” mean to you?
- Ann Kong A1: Beyond real-world relevance, I love that authentic learning consists of multiple solutions and interpretations.
- Lisa Key Mathews: real work life always has multiple solutions and rarely is there just one right answer.
- ReadWriteThink: A1 Authentic learning=real-world, real purpose & audience.
- Science NetLinks: A1 Authentic learning=real-world, real purpose & audience.
Q2: Discuss examples of authentic tasks your students found engaging.
- Verizon Foundation: A2 The #VZAppChallenge is way to engage teams of students to design app & win $20K school grant http://bit.ly/15eewIo
- Jeanne Rogers: A2 project on comparing food prices around the world, collect the data and use it in many ways.
- Lindsey Reynolds:A2 having students take current event. How would you solve this?
- Bob Hirshon: A2:Role-playing: “You’re an ant scout; use your mobile device to document possible food sources and report to the queen.”
Q3: Why/How does mobile technology lend itself to authentic learning experiences?
- ReadWriteThink: A3 Mobile tech helps students engage in authentic learning any time, any place. The mobile aspect makes the difference!
- Bob Hirshon: A3: In STEM, mobile technology mimics the tools real scientists use to conduct investigations.
- Steve Hayes: A3 You're not tied to the classroom or even the classroom teacher. Learning can occur 24/7.
Q4: Share favorite mobile apps that engage students in authentic tasks and learning.
- ReadWriteThink: A4 ReadWriteThink has 8 mobile apps students can use to learn and grow on the go!
- Renee: A4: Science NetLinks has a collection of STEM apps; some engage students in authentic tasks.
- Rachelle Wooten: A4 Some of my favs: @edmodo@InfuseLearning@blendspace@padlet@thinglink and more!
Q5: Panelist @lkeysmathews suggests “doing rather than listening.” How can authentic tasks & mobile increase engagement?
- Jon Bergman: A5: Educreations is a good app.
- ReadWriteThink: A5 Increase engagement by Going Digital! Reading on Mobile Devices can Enhance the Reading Experience.
Q6: Talk about examples of students engaging with real-world audiences using mobile technology.
- Renee: A6: Project Noah is a citizen science project where users share info about wildlife: http://www.projectnoah.org
- Steve Hayes: A6 Was interviewed by Ss this morning while they made a video (iMovie / iOS) for a student in South America.
- Kyle Pace: A6: Apps like the Hangouts app allow us to connect to experts in the field or BE the expert in the field!
Q7: Share examples of authentic assessment that use mobile technology.
- Bob Hirshon: A7: Any authentic learning task can also be an assessment task, if there’s a rubric with performance levels for each aspect.
- Lorie Lundy: A7 Assess comprehension by asking them to use Trading Cards App for key terms from a unit.
Several resources were shared during the chat as well:
- Introduction: What is NOT authentic learning? - YouTube
- AuthenticSTEM Blog
- Creating a Classroom Newspaper - ReadWriteThink
- Cybraryman Internet Catalogue
- 38 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students
- Four Free Assessment Apps for 1:1 Classrooms
Jeanne Rogers, Community Host