This group is where educators can discuss challenges and successes using cell phones in the classroom.
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Using cell phone in the classroom brings a lot of benefits to both students and teachers. Especially when it comes to flipped classroom, the possibilities of real-time communication, brainstorming, and notetaking will be the huge advantages what technology brings to education.
But there are always concerns about distractions it might bring along with the benefits, as a significant number of followers here already mentioned. Young students are very fast to play with the smartphones (or even with cellphones), so it might be challenging for teachers control the student's personal usage during the class.
Regardless of the concerns and worries, we cannot think smart phone, as a representative of cell phones in classroom, to be excluded in education when it has already being used in our daily lives. As Scott mentioned below, we need to keep pursuing the ways of how to make our students to use smart phones (or cell phones) academically rather than personally.
At the school I teach at cell phones are allowed to be used outside and inside of class. Certainly this can cause some issues if they do not use it appropriately, but most students use their twitter accounts to link to current news sources and the government branches to sign up for information related to the class. However, I would like to here suggestions on how to move more of their use to academic purposes and less on personal.
My students really enjoyed using their phones when they were doing their latest research project. They had the opportunity to bring in one of their own devices to use to research on or they could use one of the school's iPads. Most of my students used their cell phones to research and find out information about the immigrant group they chose.
I recently attended the MAUCL conference in Detroit with a about 10 teachers. One of the more impressive ideas that we brought away was the use of our mobile devices to create QR codes for our assignments. For example, one of our math teachers now places QR codes on his assignments for his students to use if they get stuck at home. When we surveyed the students 92% of the students have access to a mobile device that can scan QR codes. On the assignments if the student needs assistance in a specific part all they do is scan the QR and it takes them to an example / tutorial on how to do the problem. Really cool and truly helps the students who may need more assistance at home.
As a fifth grade teacher, I do not deal with cell phones in the classroom like middle school and high school educators. However, that being said, I agree with cell phone usage in the classroom, guidelines need to be in place and cell phones should be allowed and for academic use only. I know in speaking to other teachers, they incorporate mobile technology in the classroom, such as posing a multiple choice question and having students text the answer. The teacher is then able to show student results in a pie chart or graph and go over the answer. I feel like this is an excellent way to keep students engaged and use interactive learning with mobile devices.
A local middle school uses the cell phones in Science and Mathematics. The classes use them to retrieve the interactive videos that are uploaded on Edmodo.com. This is part of their flipped classroom model.
I present a great deal on using cell phones in the classroom and have utilized the research information and blog posts provided by leaders on this topic including Liz Kolb, Willyn Webb and Lisa Nielsen. Many of the tools mentioned below I include in my presentation and more at the links I share below. Cell phones are becoming more ubiquitous among students of all ages and research shows when students are exposed to utilizing cell phones apps, texting and communicating with others at an early age their academic achievement increases. When AUPs are adapted to allow mobile devices, the cost of purchasing and maintaining hardware is obviously reduced and students are more engaged in learning activities and the learning process. Many smartphones have the memory and capacity to perform complex tasks quickly and serve as mini-computers and can help fill in gaps for schools that have limited funding to purchase computer equipment for 1:1 access.
Cell Phones as Instructional Tools Livebinder: http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?tab_layout=side&id=364126#
Recent slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/kcaise/cell-phones-as-instructional-tools...
Past Classroom 2.0 LIVE webinars:
Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb - http://live.classroom20.com/1/post/2010/11/teaching-generation-text...
Liz Kolb - http://live.classroom20.com/1/post/2009/12/cell-phones-as-classroom...
Kim Caise, NBCT, M.Ed.http://kimcaise.com
I dont have a classroom at the moment, but I might actually used www.remind101.com for my husband!! Ha!
As I have been reading through this discussion I am curious to know if anyone is concerned with the possible "over" accessibility to technology when considering mobile technology??
I think our goal as teachers, parents and educators is to create self-reliant students and children, but has anyone else been concerned that mobile technology might lead to raising students who are anti-social and dependent on technology?
Now, when I type this I realize that there are people who might comment that there are social tools that students can use with their mobile devices, but I still think that there is something to be said for face-to-face interactions.
I am so glad I stopped by this site! www.remind101.com looks like an awesome tool! It seems so obvious to send students a quick text message with important reminders. I wish I had thought of it myself! (Thanks, Dana, for posting that link.)
This morning I also stumbled upon an awesome tool--infused learning (http://www.infuselearning.com/). Here is a youtube video that outlines everything you can do.
I am pretty new to BYOD. My school just developed a plan this year. I'm excited about all the opportunities, but I also can relate to the difficulties. I monitor to the best of my abilities but it's impossible to be aware of a student texting or quickly checking facebook. (They are extremely quick on these phones!). I just try to make my assignments as engaging and challenging as possible--so students don't think they have time to be off task.
I love the ideas that are occurring here. I want to add some things to Sophia's comment which is that in most schools you can't "just" turn-off the routers because they are usually located in the ceilings of the hallways. Then security settings by the IT department can block those sites through the network but students that decide to use their data plan can still access those sites. To combat it I make sure that my students are on task and if they finish their work early they can then access those sites.
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