10 Ways To Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom

It is pretty much a given these days that students have mobile phones, tablets, and e-readers. Leveraging what your students already have and already know how to use is a smart idea – even if you aren’t implementing a full-on BYOD classroom environment. There are probably hundreds of ways, if not more, to have students use their mobile devices in the classroom in a format geared towards learning rather than for leisure. The handy infographic below takes a look at ten fairly general ways to use devices in the classroom. The general nature of some of the recommendations makes it a great starting point if this is a newer concept for you or for a particular group that you’re working. 

10 Ways To Use Mobile Devices in the Classroom

  1. Use as a research tool (for web-enabled devices)
  2. Snap a photo: Of notes on the board in class, of assignments, etc
  3. Use e-books and other digital materials as alternatives to lugging around tons of heavy books
  4. SMS Chat Room: Teachers can use free group messaging apps (there are a ton of them out there) to create group chat rooms for classes
  5. Share photos of field trips or projects either via aforementioned SMS chat rooms or via a blog or app
  6. Darn! Google has shut down the SMS messaging service mentioned in number 6 of this graphic
  7. Use smartphones as mobile diaries: Set reminders, make notes, and organize schedules using a variety of free apps and tools that often come loaded on the device
  8. Track student behavior
  9. Call a friend: Connect with guest speakers or other classrooms via skype
  10. Scan QR codes for a scavenger hunt, or use them as a reference point for assignments and projects




  1. hwpelote

    June 5, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I think the ideas presented are wonderful. However I am concerned about the students calling friends and I would also like to know how you can keep the students from using the phones or mobile devices inappropriately. I would like that to be stated in the article as well. Again the ideas are great and I will be using some of them in my classroom during the coming year.

  2. Mirela vijulie

    June 11, 2014 at 4:57 am

    Quite interesting.Being an English teacher, I am sure my students will appreciate the ideas suggested here.I will try them next year with high-school students. Thank you.

  3. Aswathy

    June 11, 2014 at 7:44 am

    We can use mobile phones effectively in class rooms. Teachers and parents think that using mobile phones in class rooms can reduce students’s concentration on their studies. But this article effectively describes how a mobile device can help students.

  4. Joe

    June 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    There will always be some concerns about inappropriate use. But to stop inappropriate use completely, we would have to ban all devices from the classroom. When students know how to use electronics productively, then they are more likely to do so. I love reading articles like this, because it gives me ideas that I can use in my classroom. Thanks!

  5. mhind

    July 10, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I store back up documents on my smartphone such as old homework, supplementary assignments, PowerPoints of previous (and future) lectures etc that I can share (or email) students in the class if they have missed an assignment or lecture. I also use a Teaching Aide app to track attendance, reports, marks and give feedback to students. I find allowing students just to snap photos of the board is not an effective method for them to retain information. I insist they write it down.

  6. Nursing Assignments

    July 28, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Really smart techniques that can help students in using smartphones in class room.

  7. lownah

    August 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    good and smart ways to teach learners how to use the mobile devices in classrooms