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Instructor led Mobile Phone classrooms

Create inclusion, opportunity and education using mobile phones- video, texts and app.

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  • Teacher
  • Organization

Tell us about your idea

My organization has been using a blended learning model to overcome obstacles to education for adults. With the current crisis, we wanted to find a feasible way to continue education remotely without losing the teacher:student interaction and student:student collaboration. To do this we have re-engaged some older aspects of distance learning. Students are given paper manuals of the chosen curriculum. These include explanations, new concepts and learning activities. The completed learning activities can be submitted through photo text. Instructors provide feedback on activities. Every week instructors hold synchronous class time using video applications (presently we use google video chats). Here students can teach and students can collaborate with one another. These meetings are recorded and uploaded for students who were unable to attend the meeting. Each week students receive, via text, a 10-15 minute supplemental video emphasizing important concepts. Within each video are embedded assessments which provide students real time feedback and provide teachers with date on viewership and comprehension. Students may text instructors throughout the day for feedback and to answer questions. Students may also make 30 minute appointments each week to meet with their teacher 1:1 via video chat.  In order to overcome the need for continued internet access we are developing an app to serve as the primary repository of knowledge. We use a blended method of paper, video and text to build community, engage our learners and teach. An added bonus of this method is the emphasis on digital literacy as a component to any subject. We are developing an element of gamification and badges/achievements to further engage students.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

Overcrowded classrooms and limited access to education for rural and lower income communities.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

We are located in Denver, CO and primarily work with adult refugees and immigrants with limited English proficiency.


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Photo of Peter Worth

L Pawlek thank you for sharing your idea. I really like your use of multiple modalities and media for learning in a way that is also inexpensive and accessible. It also sounds like there are good opportunities for meeting individual learning needs. What kind of feedback are you receiving from teacher and students about learning in this way? It sounds like Digital Literacy has been a real bonus. Are there other elements that you would like to continue using moving forward? Thanks!

Photo of L Pawlek

Hi Peter thank you for the questions. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic we were using a blended learning model(50% face to face and 50% video/media interaction). The digital literacy aspect was an important component and students were completing the courses comfortable interacting with and accessing information via their mobile phones (ie online banking, google maps, calendar functions). They were able to view the videos and take the embedded assessments. The adult students are very happy with the format and appreciate the combination of interactions. As most have busy schedules and/or little access to transportation this affords them the opportunity to learn. Now that we have gone 100 % remote, there is a lot of work on the front end showing students how to use the technology and preparing them for the class. The teachers like the blended model because it allows them interaction with students and different ways to present material and collect student understanding. The remote learning allows for the interaction through video chats and text, but it takes a little longer to build the classroom community. I do think we will continue with remote learning post pandemic. It will allow us to expand and serve people in the rural community where there are fewer options for education.

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