K-12 Education Technology: Cell Phones


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K-12 Education Technology: Cell Phones

  1. 1. K-12 Technology Education: Cell phones<br />By: Melissa Arias<br />
  2. 2. Cell Phones in the classroom<br />Some positive uses that teachers have found:<br />Polling/quizzes<br />Research information<br />Video and camera uses<br />
  3. 3. Polling/Quizzes<br />Students can use their cell phone ring tones as a buzzer when playing a review and/or quiz game (Dale 2007).<br />Some universities are already using cell phones as a polling device; students SMS text their opinion or answer, that is projected for the class to see (Moon 2010).<br />
  4. 4. Researching Information<br />Most students have access to the internet on their cell phones; this is a great researching tool.<br />Students can find answers fast, to questions pertaining to a lesson topic (The Innovative Educator 2008).<br />If students do not have access to the internet on their phones, SMS text to GOOGL (46645) to find answers.<br />
  5. 5. Cell Phone Video and Camera Uses<br />Students can retain information by video or taking a picture; missed assignments or incomplete notes can be retained (VanDrimmelen 2007).<br />Homework assignments or projects can require students taking a picture or video of something; this makes the task more engaging (VanDrimmelen 2007).<br />
  6. 6. Why cell Phones?<br />As a teacher, I have found that connecting lessons and activities to students lives is most effective.<br />Students benefit from real life connections; cell phones are part of their daily lives.<br />
  7. 7. Disadvantages<br />Cell phones can cause a major distraction in the classroom if not used as a part of a lesson:<br />Students are constantly texting or using their cell phones in class.<br />Teachers must stop lessons to address students who are using their cell phones which wastes instruction time.<br />
  8. 8. Policies<br />Most public schools do not allow students to use cell phones in the classroom.<br />Teachers who wish to incorporate their use should have permission from the school and/or district, before doing so.<br />
  9. 9. Effective planning<br />In order for the mentioned suggestions to be effective, teachers must think about and plan lessons ahead of time.<br />Teachers should be clear about student expectations and the proper use of cell phone use for each lesson.<br />
  10. 10. References<br />Moon, B. (2010, September 20). The value of using cell phones to enhance education and some concrete ways to do so [web log message]. (2008, may 12). retrieved from http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2008/05/value-of-using-cell-phones-to-enhance.html [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/09/cellphones-in-the-classroom-bad-idea-inevitable-or-both<br />Dale, J. (2007, June 06). 10 ways of using mobile phones in the languages classroom [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://joedale.typepad.com/integrating_ict_into_the_/2007/06/how_to_use_came.html<br />The value of using cell phones to enhance education and some concrete ways to do so [Web log message]. (2008, May 12). Retrieved from http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2008/05/value-of-using-cell-phones-to-enhance.html<br />VanDrimmelen, J. (2007, June 06). 8 ways to use camera phones in education [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://edutechie.com/2007/06/8-ways-to-use-camera-phones-in-education<br />