A pilot study at New Zealand’s Howick College is examining the result of using mobile phones as a teaching aid. The ‘mLearning’ pilot at the college, which sees students use free software to convert computer files into cellphone study notes, is attracting global attention.
Students can solve a question using PowerPoint, or a video assignment to film and edit through Microsoft’s MovieMaker.
The result is condensed into a format that can be transferred on to any cell phone with a media player. “The kids love it because they have it in their pocket —it’s a psychological thing as well as a study thing because they know that help is, literally, a click away,” Stuff.co.nz quoted Howick College teacher Nathan Kerr, as saying.
Kerr’s innovative method allows students to search Google for a free video converter or convert PowerPoint presentations via WonderShare freeware to get content on their phones.
“We’re a lot more innovative and part of the reason is many teachers in New Zealand are given a free hand, with guidelines, while overseas your professional development as a teacher has been worked out by experts — it’s top down,” added Kerr.