Adam Hester | Professor of Theatre

Adam Hester

"Mobile learning has allowed me a kind of versatility and an immediacy that I didn't have before," says Adam Hester. "When I need students to do immediate research - like when I want them to choose a play from the current Broadway list to use in a class discussion, they can go to Playbill.com themselves instead of me having to pull up the Web site. It's a time-saver when you're doing Internet research."

When I need students to do immediate research - like when I want them to choose a play from the current Broadway list to use in a class discussion, they can go to Playbill.com themselves instead of me having to pull up the Web site.

Hester has high hopes for the video capabilities of the new iPhone 3GS, which this year's freshman class will have. He plans for his professors to use the new phones to videotape sections of scenes when they work on blocking. The professors will then use the footage to explain and illustrate how to create good blocking.

"There are also a lot of apps on the iPhone that can tend to other needs that aren't necessarily Internet-related," Hester adds. He has used a calculator application to determine square footage of set pieces, played music for cast warm-ups through iTunes, used the searchable Shakespeare app during ACU's annual Shakespeare Festival, and even used the Pitch Pro app in lieu of a piano during rehearsals.

Given the device's versatility, it's likely that future ACU Theatre students will consider their
iPhones as indispensable a tool as their scripts.

The State of Mobile Learning
Students using iPhones in classroom discussion
So much about the way we teach, learn and communicate is up for grabs. Educators are using new tools and technologies to reach their students - but what does the future hold?

2010-2011 Mobile Learning Report

2010-11 Report (PDF)


2009-2010 Mobile Learning Report

2009-10 Report (PDF)


2008-2009 Mobile Learning Report