Establishing the bases for a Pedagogical Model to use the Smartphone as an educational tool in class
"45% of teens between 12 and 14 years old start using their own smartphone." This data comes from a survey study of 1700 students and about 500 educators among partners in 5 countries of the European project Smart Generation: Spain, Italy, Belgium, Romania and Latvia. The two-year project includes the analysis of the training needs of young people and educators on the smartphone and the design of a training program on the conscious and critical use of smartphones.
The third Project Steering Committee meeting took place on November 21 and 22 at the headquarters of the Cibervoluntarios Foundation in Madrid. Two days of work to set up the keys of a Pedagogical Model taking into account four key factors to be tested during the future workshops that will be carried out in different educational centers: Digital identity, online relationships, cybersecurity and acquired competences. These activities will be carried out during a pilot program with the future creation of an open source e-learning platform as a basis.
The preliminary study carried out in the 5 participating countries with more than 2,000 participants in the education sector, gives very interesting data:
• Although almost half of teens between the ages of 12 and 14 have a smartphone, only 28% recognize addiction to mobile use: 62% do not know terms such as "Nomophobia" (smartphone dependency syndrome)
• An alarming 30% of the respondents have not notified any elderly person (educators or family members) when they have been harassed online (Cyberbullying).
• Regarding the possibilities of using the mobile phone as an educational tool, 72% of youngsters between 12 and 19 years old say that they are in favor of using a model that includes it as part of a class.
The results obtained with the answers of the educators / teachers also give some data to take into account:
• 63% of respondents use e-learning tools to complete their classes
• 70.7% use the smartphone as a method for searching information online
• The most used tool is Google forms, followed by Moodle and Survey Monkey
• The most frequently mentioned obstacle to using the smartphone in class is that not everyone has the right tools to apply it as a Pedagogical Method.
Very soon we will share with you the results of this joint study and the progress of the project for 2017.
That was the meeting in Madrid