Advertiser : June 01 , 2014
Australian Science and Mathematics School using smartphones in the classroom
STUDENTS using mobile phones in class will often have them confiscated, but one Adelaide school is ringing in a change.
In what is thought to be an Australian high school first, the Australian Science and Mathematics School located on the Flinders University campus is launching a program to turn smartphones into key learning tools.Under the PhoneLabs program, students and teachers will create and share educational apps to solve science and maths problems.
Students will adapt “seed apps” developed by a professional programmer to create new ones to share on an Apple or Android platform for free.The school will partner with other high schools across the state to help develop the apps, which later could be turned into educational games to help students grasp difficult learning concepts.
Australian Science and Mathematics School principal Susan Hyde said PhoneLabs meant “laboratory experiments will never be the same”.“Through PhoneLabs, students will be able to use smartphones in class as their own laboratory to learn and discover physics and maths concepts,” she said.
“It will help students capture, model and analyse the physics of the real world, building a level of understanding and knowledge that goes well beyond standard textbook lab experiments.” Year 11 student Nicole Simm, 16, is working on a GPS-style tracking app that will be tested on a school ski trip next year.
“It’s lots of fun being able to use our phones in class because most schools ban them,” she said.“It’s taking advantage of the fact students want to use their phones by encouraging them to use them to do science.”
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