Cell Phones in Education


Cell Phones in Education

This group is where educators can discuss challenges and successes using cell phones in the classroom.

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Cell Phones in Education

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Comment by Rob Sample on April 5, 2014 at 10:50pm

Since posting last, I have continued to have my students BYOD for use on their individual projects in class.  I have witnessed about the same level of participation - which hovers somewhere around 90%, and the remaining students access school computers for reference images and research.  

One new component that I am looking to integrate into my courses is the use of mobile devices during in-class critiques.  Using a service such as Poll-everywhere to quickly source data from the students regarding opinions on artwork as well as general knowledge of a concept that we may be covering.  I have colleagues in the building who have used this method to good effect, and I look forward to incorporating it in my classroom.

@James - The website looks good so far, and this might be an odd thing to pick out, but I love that in the Khanacademy videos - there are different colors used to differentiate the different parts of the equations.  Small things make the biggest differences.  Also, out of curiosity, what is your district's/building's opposition to BYOD?

Comment by James Wheatley on April 5, 2014 at 10:58am

Since my last post, I have tried to implement my own website at www.dcasprep.com. I would have liked to have my students "byod" so I can test run and work with the site, but so far administration is against that policy. I could rent out the class iPad sets, but there is only 1 cart, and they are popular with other teachers so there is rarely a time in which I can actually use them. Once "byod" gains popularity, I think a lot of really cool applications can open up including open office, remind 101, and nearpod. If you have never checked out nearpod, go look it up! It's incredible to use with a classroom, especially if you are very presentation heavy in your teaching. 

Also, let me know how the alpha stage of my site looks; I can use all the tips/pointers I can get! Thanks.

Comment by Laura Bossert on April 3, 2014 at 5:20pm

Since my last post I have implemented BYOD in my classroom. At first I only had a few students who were able to bring in devices, now about 2/3 of my class can bring them in. It has had a huge impact on my classroom and the engagement/interaction with content. Students are really enjoying using their cell phone for research projects, Twitter, Google Drive work, Kahoot, Todays Meet, etc I have really enjoyed this time but am always looking for more suggestions!

Comment by Rob Sample on March 20, 2014 at 7:49pm

Hey Guys,

I'll lay this down as a "best of" from my post in the discussion up above.  I personally love the idea of utilizing mobile devices and cell phones in the classroom, I believe the convenience of access to information that they provide far outweighs the perceived distraction that they present to students.  I personally utilize mobile devices in my Art classroom all the time, mostly for allowing the students to listen to the music that motivates them to work best, but also for accessing inspiring artists' websites on the fly, drawing directly from references stored on their phones, and shooting impromptu reference for future projects.

I sincerely hope that more schools can see that with open minds and effective teaching, the positives of this technology far outweigh the negatives.

Comment by James Wheatley on March 19, 2014 at 4:22pm

Hey all,

I think this is a great idea that needs to catch on soon. I think that in the future, once we have administrators who are a little more tech savvy than today's standards, we should be in a technology revolution.I think what will happen is that there will be cloud based apps run on the device. If this is the case, multiple devices could connect to the same applications regardless of hardware. I honestly think the future will be very "google" heavy, since they offer so much for free. Honestly, right now, you can collaborate with everyone in the class using google apps regardless of hardware devices. Having these options open to students will be amazing in the future and I can't wait until school districts start allowing these ideas to foster and grow. (If only we can somehow limit their devices to certain applications. Google figure that out!)

Comment by Laura Bossert on March 19, 2014 at 12:58pm


I am a 5th grade teacher in Delaware and we just started BYOD this week!! It was being piloted in a few classrooms and was just opened to all fourth and fifth grade. One of the biggest problems we are experiencing is not "enough space" on the server and there are all kinds of proxy problems. Once that gets fixed though, I am really excited to integrate cell phones into the classroom. Other than things like QR codes and accessing different websites that I already use, are there any excellent apps you enjoy for elementary students??

Let me know! :)

Comment by Paula Rogers on March 6, 2014 at 8:24am

Hilarious video demonstrating technology growth and digital natives.


Comment by Erin Birmingham on February 6, 2014 at 2:36pm

I think cell phones should be used as a "tool" in education. I think they are very beneficial for both students and teachers. However, we have to keep in mind that some students do not have smartphones or a cellphone in general. I just recently got an Iphone but before a lot of my teachers just assumed that I could look up the answer on my phone. It sometimes made me feel left out that I could not participate fully. Yes my smartphone makes life much easier, but not everyone can have this luxury.

Comment by Paula Rogers on February 4, 2014 at 1:21pm
Today I let the students use my cell phone to scan QR codes in Math. I have 1 iPad and my phone added a 2nd scanner.
Comment by James Nuttall on February 4, 2014 at 7:12am
Sorry for my last post had a misspelling. I am using voice recognition. So I'm interested in cell phones and there use for composition.

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