Smartphones as Measuring Instruments in the Physics Classroom: What Do Students Think?

  • Angela Oswald
  • Gerhard Rath
  • Claudia Haagen-SchützenhöferEmail author


Smartphones and mobile communication have become an important part of students’ daily lives. Little by little mobile devices are also introduced into the classroom, as they offer a variety of possibilities for learning applications. From the physical perspective smartphones and their integrated sensors may also serve as handy measuring instruments. This study aimed at investigating which ideas a group of students connects to the smartphone as a measuring device after being confronted with a small set of experiments. Continuing feedback and follow-up interviews showed that the students have very different ideas about whether the smartphone is a useful tool for (school) experiments and whether it is a reliable instrument or not.



We want to thank Angelika Renz for the language corrections.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Angela Oswald
    • 1
  • Gerhard Rath
    • 1
  • Claudia Haagen-Schützenhöfer
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University of GrazGrazAustria

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