Using mobile devices

The increase in use of mobile devices and availability of wireless networks means that mobile devices can be used in an increasingly wide variety of ways.

Finding and capturing information

What
Mobile technologies such as iPads and smartphones can be used in teaching session to allow you to contribute to sessions through doing internet searches, interact and collaborate with others and capture activities by taking photos or video clips. Sharing devices is encouraged if not everyone has one. The Switch It On policy covers how to use mobile devices in sessions.

Why
Finding and capturing information instantly will help in your studies and in the workplace. Being aware of the importance of sharing devices if other people don’t have them or have a technical problem is an important skill to increase inclusivity.

How

In-class participation with mobile devices

What
Mobile devices can allow you to participate in class sessions in new ways. These include online polling tools such as Polleverywhere, and Nearpod, which sends out the lecturer’s presentation to your device and allows you do answer questions and take part in other activities.

Why
You learn more in lectures if you are thinking rather than just listening. These interactive tools ask questions, get you to undertake activities and generally make the session more engaging so you learn more.

How

Using Apps

What
Various platforms used by the University have Apps which can be used on smartphones and tablets. These include studentcentral (the Blackboard app) and Office 365.

Why
You will probably use a wide variety of apps in your University work and in employment. It is good to know which are supported (i.e. the University will give varying degrees of help for you to install and troubleshoot them).

How

Student Digital Literacies resources

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