Mobile devices offer easy ways to record, create, and submit files, all from the mobile device. In this post, I will discuss assignments that can be created on a mobile device and the ways students can submit them for grading, all from the mobile device.
Getting Started: Recording of Audio & Video
First of all, students can easily record audio or video using their iPod or other mobile device. (At present, only audio can be recorded on an iPad, but that might change when the new model comes out.)
Using a simple tool such as Voice Memos (iPod/iPhone/iPad), students can record an audio assessment (such as demonstrating proficiency in a foreign language), conduct an audio interview, record a musical instrument, sing, create a radio show, or produce any number of multimedia products to demonstrate learning.
Students could also use the video camera of the iPod, iPhone, or other mobile devices to produce a video interview, document and deconstruct a foreign language (Bantu language, anyone?), create a video tutorial or demonstration of learning, produce a mini-documentary, or any type of video that would again, demonstrate learning. Students could even download iMovie for the iPod or iPhone to edit and produce the video entirely on their mobile device.
Ways Students Can Submit Audio Files: Email
The next step is submitting the media files. Files can easily be sent to an email directly from the mobile device, saving a lot of intermediate steps. Audio files would be fairly easy to send, but a video file might be too large. I’ll address this later in the post.
If you are asking students to email you audio files, make sure you also provide detailed instructions on how to name the files and include a common convention for the email subject line.
You might want the audio file to be named “assignment1_LastNameFirstInitial” and then the email subject line to be “assignment1.” That way, you can have all of those emails placed into one folder (set up a rule in your email account) for easy access.
Submitting Video Files for Assignments: YouTube
Video files are often too large to attach and send through email. Apple mobile devices offer an easy way to upload video files directly to a user’s YouTube account. You should tell your students to set up a YouTube account specifically for school projects, using their name so you can easily identify their YouTube account. If they already have a YouTube account (which is highly likely), they might want to set up a new one, just for school work.
You might also want to also create a new YouTube account for your class, giving it your class name, for instance.
Again, assign a file naming convention for the student video files and have students subscribe to your YouTube channel. You can then access each of your subscribers in your class YouTube Channel and view their videos, providing written or video comments on them.
Add your students’ videos to your channel’s favorite list. Also, you might want to require students to comment on a certain number of their classmates’ videos, too. The rating system might also be an excellent way to determine the final score you will post in your LMS gradebook for this assignment, using an average rating of student feedback.
This blog post just scratches the surface of the many ways students can use multimedia to complete assignments, demonstrate proficiency, conduct research, or create artifacts to share. I like using mobile devices for these types of assignments, since students can create and submit all on their mobile devices, not even having to transfer them to a computer.
I’d like to hear your comments and ideas, so please submit them below. Keep thinking of creative ways students can demonstrate and share their learning!