INTEGRATION OF SMARTPHONES INTO THE UNIVERSITY CLASSROOM, AS A PEDAGOGICAL STRATEGY
1 Universitat Politècnica de València (SPAIN)
2 Conselleria d´Educació, Investigació, Cultura i Esport. Generalitat Valenciana (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2018
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The integration of smartphone into the university classrooms is a teacher´s challenge, in our information and communication society, in which electronic devices are present in a habitual way, being the reality we find everyday. The smartphone has become an essential communication channel for the new generations, the use of this device in the classroom, in combination with online tests, as a self-assessment tool, increases the motivation and participation of the student, and allows monitoring the effectiveness of teaching-learning methodologies, implementing technological pedagogical strategies without the need to acquire new equipment.
In this research we propose the integration of the Smartphone in teaching, with the use of online tests, which serve as a tool to generate self-assessment, scaffolding and self-learning in students, thus enhancing their autonomy, necessary in their later working life.
The use of the SurveyMonkey® and Google® Forms will be analysed. Both are simple, instant, attractive and intuitive. We will analyse the individual and combined use of both, in addition to being used in non-classroom teaching as reinforcement outside the classroom. In the practices carried out in the classroom it has been possible to confirm that integrating the mobile in the classroom is well-received by the students, despite the complexity of the tests that are presented to them. This technology adds a playful aspect. The tests have been carried out in several subjects, both undergraduate and masters programme, of the two faculties of the Polytechnic University of Valencia involved in the present investigation: Faculty of Business Administration and Management -ADE- and the Faculty of Fine Arts.
The present proposal aims to promote the use of alternative teaching strategies based on active methodologies, through a social and technological immersion that promotes continuous learning. For this type of teaching innovation, special emphasis will be placed on the work in the classroom and also of the autonomous work outside of it. It is hoped that face-to-face training will implement new online platforms that achieve the acquisition of skills, following a joint strategy with the other teaching tools.
Keywords: Smartphone, Integration, University Classroom, Pedagogical Strategy, Devices.