Cell Phone Interviews<br />Technology in the Classroom<br />
Cell Phones in Education<br />Recording and posting to the internet<br />Purpose: Using phones as a way to record conversations outside of class encourages students to interact with material in new, meaningful ways and provides greater opportunities for exploration<br />
Phone Recordings<br />Cross Disciplinary Applications<br />English: practice reading fluency<br />Math: students explain their thought process<br />History: deliver a historic speech with context<br />Science: document observations<br />Music: record a song<br />Civics – Election Interview homework<br />
Lesson Background<br />Students studied principles of democracy<br />Consent of the Governed<br />Popular Sovereignty<br />Majority Rule<br />Representative Democracy<br />Students studied the election process, who runs, who votes and the different levels of government <br />
Objective<br />Students will examine the state of modern democracy by describing discrepancies between the Founding Father’s principles of democracy and American government today<br />Assessment Measure: Students will critically examine our government by assessing in a “State of Democracy” essay<br />
Technology Used<br />Any Phone<br />The Internet<br />iPadio – records phone conversations online<br />Blogger – forum to post recording links<br />
iPadio and Blogging<br />Students create a free iPadio account<br />If internet access is a hardship, teachers can register a phone number for the student<br />Students record a phone conversation which is then available on iPadio<br />Links can be posted to a teacher-generated blog to control content<br />Blogger is an easy blogging tool<br />
Using Student Recordings <br />Students can listen to interviews from their peers by accessing the Blog<br />Students can respond to posted recordings on the Blog<br />Exemplar recordings may be discussed in class<br />
Making Civics Real<br />The interviews add real-life context to the principles of democracy<br />Connects theoretical principles of democracy to realities <br />Gives students the opportunity to engage in a political discussion<br />
Points to Consider<br />Student access to internet and cell phones<br />Parental attitudes and availability<br />Sufficient time to complete the assignment at home<br />Ample time to develop the Blog<br />Practice technology use and interview style in class<br />
As a Student<br />Complete a cell phone interview<br />Work with one partner<br />Follow the directions on the handout to set up an iPadio account<br />For demonstration purposes, complete a 1-2 minute conversation<br />Send the URL to email@example.com<br />
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