Near Field Communication in the Classroom

Finding uses for Near Field Communication is not that difficult with a little imagination. In fact, you can think of most situations and find a way to fit Near Field Communication into them. For instance, picturing a classroom, I can imagine a few different ways to use NFC.

I know a teacher or two, and I know how hard it can be for them to keep their students’ attention (in one case, I don’t blame the kids). I can imagine how frustrating it is to try and tell students information and have about as much success as if they had all decided to skip, and so I’ve tried to imagine how NFC could help the poor brave souls who call themselves teachers. 

Spread the Word

For those big announcements teachers have to make, Near Field Communication can play a part. Having an NFC poster in the classroom that makes one of these announcements and allows students to load the information from that poster directly into their phones (let’s stop pretending they don’t have them in class) so that they have the information on a more permanent basis. Really, using NFC in this way can improve the efficiency of the classroom, because the teacher can spend more time teaching and less repeating himself.

Pre-Class Activity

I’ve heard it’s tough to get kids to sit down and get to work right out of the hallway, and so one of the major complaints I hear from friends of mine who are teachers is that they spend so much of their time settling their students down, especially in the beginning of the year before the kids are used to the routine, that they hardly have enough time teach the lesson before the bell rings again. Imagine if the kids could walk in the class, hold their phone up to a poster and have an activity downloaded to their phone. The kids are then expected to finish it and text their answers to the teacher’s phone or computer. I’ve heard more times than I care to count that we have to communicate with kids in a way they can understand. Regardless of whether or not I agree, this seems a good way to do it.

School Credit

When my son started school, I had been out of college only about seven years. After we stopped packing his lunch every day (apparently it was getting “embarrassing”) I would send him to school every day with two dollars. After some weeks of always making sure I had a couple singles on me every morning I wondered why the school didn’t just adopt what my college and every college I had ever visited did: a meal plan. If kids could just hold up their phones when paying for lunch, not only would their lines move faster but those kids who receive free lunches would not have to pay in a different way than any other student. How this would all work would be up to the school, but from a marketing standpoint, I could see big money from school districts wanting NFC in their schools.

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