Cell phones are carried almost everywhere nowadays, even by younger children. Adults and children – but even children and adolescents amongst themselves – don’t always agree when and in which situations it’s better not to check one’s phone right away. Crafting a self-made phone case is a good way to introduce the topic for discussion.
During the handicraft (for example, in small groups at several tables) the children can talk about their opinions on the topic of use times and breaks and discuss them with each other. In doing so, the children share their own experiences in everyday life – whether at home, with the family, among friends or in public (for example, during their schoolbus ride). Using the “round robin” method, the points discussion are written down and later presented and discussed.
The project idea is so flexible that the “round robin” method may be carried out at the beginning or at the end. Additionally, the project idea is good for use in the family, too. Here all of the family members can exchange about their views.
- Do you know how long you use your phone each day?
- Does it bother you when your friends write messages on their phones while you’re trying to tell them something very important?
- Do you think it’s a good thing to turn off or switch the phone to silent from time to time?
- When and in what situations?
Social form: Individual work with group discussion
Social form: Group work
Social form: Presentation to whole class
This project idea can be used in various educational institutions and is ideal for pursuing the following learning objectives in these general competency areas: