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The smartphone becomes a learning companion

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Homework in homeschooling: Each child in 6b is supposed to take pictures of three plants that particularly catch their eye while playing outdoors for the biology subject. Juliana uses a plant app to find out the name and origin of the plants.

This simple scenario shows how digital media, and cell phones in particular, can be used as daily learning companions. According to the JIMplus study, 82 percent of young people use their cell phones for learning and homework. For adolescents in particular, smartphones are an integral part of their lives and are available to most as a device. But many adults classify the cell phone mainly as a toy.

Even before the Corona crisis, the fact that cell phones can be put to good use in educational processes was a long but persistent process of discovery. However, not least the crisis shows that many schools are still too often rather "media guardians" and defensive players when it comes to digital learning. If you look at the current digital capabilities of schools to organize homeschooling, many fall by the wayside. In most cases, it starts with the poor technical infrastructure at the schools for management, administration and staff, but also with the lack of knowledge about digital learning among many teachers - often due to fears.

Up to now, many discussions, especially about cell phones, have revolved around where and when they are forbidden and what is considered dangerous on the Internet from the point of view of the teaching staff. Yet the cell phone can potentially be a digital allrounder.

Whether watching learning videos on video platforms, practicing vocabulary with a language app or taking digital notes - these are just a few of many examples of how the cell phone can be used as a learning companion.
Just a playmate?

For children, the cell phone can be more than just a communication and play companion; it can be a gateway to the world in which many things can be discovered and skills can be developed. The important thing is to discover and try out the digital all-rounder in all its diversity so that it can be used in a targeted and healthy way to support learning - and that can also be playful.

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