During the 2013 VILS Virtual Conference Harry Tuttle talked about improving student learning through mobile technology, but what really stood out was how interactive the virtual session was. One conference attendee said, "The power of mobile devices was demonstrated by Mr. Harry Tuttle who had us virtually use our mobile devices to interact and learn as he guided us. His session really demonstrated a way of using mobile technology for teaching and learning. He really practiced what he preached in his lesson. Something we should all remember when teaching."
Whether you often host and present in a webinar format or attend a fair number of webinars, or are leveraging mobile devices in your classroom, what did you take away from Harry's session?
In a session I attended recently, the instructor had us think about the response rate to text messages vs. email and phone calls. (Text messages average closer to 100% compared to email and phone calls.) This reminded me of one of my take-aways from Harry's session which was an assignment idea. Have students text people to come up with three examples of something that they use in their everyday life. Depending upon the topic at hand, this might be hydraulics, proportion, Latin, etc.. The next day students will come to class with real answers from real people, rather than just copying what they found in a textbook.