This group is where educators can discuss challenges and successes using cell phones in the classroom.
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Hilarious video demonstrating technology growth and digital natives.
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.
Today I have joined this group and I am happy. Thank you for sharing, The tools you mention here are simply genious! Tomorrow I am going to use two or three of them with my students!
Once more thank you!
I am an advocate of the cell phone in education- true, they do offer great temptation and the opportunity of distraction, but this can help students develop important responsibility skills and help them take ownership of their learning and their actions. We are in a digital age, and students need to be able to access the powerful opportunities offered by technology; it is up to us to teach them digital citizenship. I am curious how many elementary teachers are able to allow the use of cell phones in school? How young is too young? I think that maybe if they are given the opportunity VERY early, they will learn the responsibilities and not be as distracted when they are older.
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.
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