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  • (Minksy, 1988 p. 102).I interpret Papert to mean that the key to learning new ideas or tools is often in teaching students how to redefine what they already know.
  • 70% of schools have policy against cell phones
  • 2010 Speak Up Report
  • http://www.marketingcharts.com/interactive/employment-age-top-factors-in-cell-phone-pda-use-9678/marist-poll-have-cell-phone-us-residents-demographics-march-2009jpg/http://www.marketingcharts.com/interactive/home-internet-access-in-us-still-room-for-growth-8280/nielsen-internet-access-household-income-february-2009jpg/
  • Speak Up 2009
  • 2005 study follow up 2009 British Academy at Coventry Univ. phonological awareness
  • http://pbskids.org/read/research/cellphone.html
  • http://wainauguration.org/
  • Millennials Rising (Neil Howe and William Strauss)
  • http://txtblaster.com
  • http://flagr.com
  • http://web20edu.com/2010/03/31/scvngr-a-cool-tool-for-teaching-in-the-classroom/
  • Picture from:http://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3286068884/sizes/l/
  • (Are They Really Ready to Work, 2006).
  • (Smith, 2008).
  • http://www.caller.com/news/2010/may/24/texting-education/
  • Middle School Science “What do you know about elements, compounds, and mixtures?”http://wiffiti.com/screen/?id=eb633c3a-5c10-4f91-805c-7eb986e68934
  • Lynn Sullivan
  • 4th gradehttp://www.fcps.edu/ChesterbrookES/qrcodes.htmChesterbrook's Living ClassroomsThe Living Classroom across Kirby Road deals with trees particular to Virginia, and is associated with the Fourth grade. Our second Living Classroom is down near a stream
  • http://kaywa.comLink:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcTsvn_cC68&feature=player_embedded
  • http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/01/15/pn.sexting.teens.cnn http://www.philly.com/philly/business/technology/81726862.htmlhttp://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1631891/20100212/index.jhtml
  • http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1631891/20100212/index.jhtml
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/style/28bully.html?_r=2&emc=eta1
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/style/28bully.html?_r=2&emc=eta1


  • 1. Using Student Cell Phones in the Classroom
    Liz Kolb, University of Michigan
    Presentation Link:
    Liz’s Mobile Business Card
    Send New Text Message:
    In Message Type:
    Via contxts.com
  • 2. http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTE1NDY3ODA1Nw
  • 3. Knox County (TN) School Relaxing Policy
    Proposed Policy
  • 4. Why Cell Phones?
  • 5. “Some of the most crucial steps in mental growth are based not simply on acquiring new skills, but on acquiring new administrative ways to use what one already knows.”
    -Seymour Papert
  • 6. BYOT: Bring Your Own technology
    What is in
  • 7.
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  • 9. "Kids tell us they power down to come to school.”-Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow (2008)
  • 10. Speak up 2010 Report 100,000+ students
    For the first time since 2003, when asked to identify the major obstacle to prevent use of technology in school, students in grades 6–12 said “I cannot use my own cell phone, smart phone or Mp3 player in school.”
  • 11. #1 Access/Bridge Digital Divide
  • 12. 98% of Students in Grades 9-12 Have Their Own!
  • 13. Texting…
  • 14. Mobile More Accessible Than Computer/Internet
    73% of U.S. household’s have Internet access
    57% have broadband
    43% have dial-up
    30% of U.S. citizens do not use the Internet at all
    63% of people with a household income of <49K have no Internet
    87% of U.S. Citizens own Cell phones.
    13% of U.S. citizens do not own a cell phone
    94% of U.S. Citizens 18-45 own a cell phone
    18% of U.S. Citizens with an income of <50K do not have a cell phone
    Park Associates and CTIA wireless association, both 2007
  • 15. How Student’s Use Cell Phones for Personal Productivity
  • 16. Research on cell phones in learning says…
    1) "The proportions of textisms that kids used in their sentence translations was positively linked to verbal reasoning; the more textspeak kids used, the higher their test scores”
    2) "The younger the age at which the kids had received mobile phones, the better their ability to read words and identify patterns of sound in speech.”
  • 17. PBS: Ready to Learn Study
    Parent’s cell phones loaded with literacy software
    Parents living at or below poverty line
    Participants found the intervention to be a positive experience, especially for their children.
    They reacted enthusiastically to receiving early literacy content via cell phone.
    Most importantly, participants reported that their children enjoyed and benefited from the program.
    Child participants, for the most part, were eager and excited to view the letter video clips.
    They frequently requested to view the videos.
    Some parents reported that each time the phone rang, their children came running, hoping the call was from Elmo.
  • 18. Parent’s Say YES to Cell Phones for Learning
  • 19. Create a mobile class website
  • 20. iReporting
  • 21. Mobile Blogging…Getting Started
    Phone call, picture, text or video post directly to blog
  • 22. #2 Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any pace…
  • 23. Send text Query to 368266
    Gather Data ANYWHERE…
  • 24. Example: Mobile Note taking and Organization: Speech to Text
    • http://dial2do.com Create an account
    • 25. Send Emails
    • 26. Blog
    • 27. Translation
    • 28. Post to your Google Calendar, get SMS reminders of your events.
    • 29. Create reminders
    • 30. Listen to any website or news feed
    • 31. Tweet
    • 32. Accounting
  • Mobile Note taking and Organization Project: Student’s Mobile Scheduling
    High School Technology Students
    Created a Google Calendar where all assignments are posted and sent via cell phones
    Also use Remember the Milk to set up “To Do lists” for students via cell phone
    Used http://dial2do.com
  • 33. #3 Extending Learning
  • 34. Summer Text Program
    Norwich Free Academy (Connecticut)
    Text of the week!
    Monday is vocabulary day
    Tuesday is science facts
    Wednesday is mathematics
    Thursday is history
    Friday covers a variety of topics including general knowledge and cultural literacy
    Each day is a theme
    Parents and Students Opt in
  • 35. Mapping on the go…
  • 36. Qrcode 2nd grade trip to zoo
  • 37. Create Your Own Mobile Scavenger Hunt
    http://www.scvngr.com (Trek)
  • 38. SCVNGR Example
    Campus Tour
  • 39. Improving on Traditional Learning
  • 40. 9th Graders Text Messaging Romeo and Juliet
    • 9th Grade English in Michigan
    • 41. Translating Romeo and Juliet to “text speak”
    • 42. Start in class with translating a few lines to a wiffiti board (http://wiffiti.com )
    • 43. Voting on best “translations”
    • 44. Move to Homework
    • 45. Create a whole text message novel of Romeo and Juliet
  • 140 Characters or less…
    "Is there no pity sitting in the cloudsThat sees into the bottom of my grief?O sweet my mother, cast me not away!Delay this marriage for a month, a week,Or if you do not, make the bridal bedIn that dim monument where Tybalt lies."- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.5
    Send to:
  • 46. Autistic Children in Akron OH
    Use pictures for parents/children to communicate
    Social stigma associated with this
    Parents & teachers now use cell phones to take pictures and show pictures to children (to communicate w/out social stigma)
  • 47. #4 Mobile Jobs and Citizenship
  • 48. Fundamental Shift in 21st Century Workforce
    Technological changes are displacing low-skilled workers and making room for more high-skilled creative and innovative workers.
    Employers are calling for schools to integrate new skills into education
  • 49. Mobile Job Opportunities
  • 50. Search for “cell phone skills” on Monster.com
  • 51. Fundamental Shift in Citizenship Practices
    During the 2008 campaign, 49% of younger voters (18-24) shared information via text message about the campaigns.
  • 52. #5 Increase participation & Communication
  • 53.
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  • 55. CPSProject: Brainstorming
    Interview with Joe Wood
  • 56. Record Group Discussion with Google Voice
    Call Liz
  • 57. #6 Authenticity: Connecting “real World” to School Learning
  • 58. Mobile Podcasting/Dropcasting
    Using a cell phone to record and then posting the recording to a public or private website that has an RSS feed and can be downloaded as an MP3 file.
  • 59. Mobile Podcasting Project: Connecting Algebra to Real World
    High School Algebra
    Used http://yodio.com
    Web link:
    Interview with Jimbo Lamb
  • 60. Field Trips & HOmework
  • 61. Mobile Podcasting Project: Field Trips
    High School Chemistry Students on a field trip at Cranbrook Science Museum in MI.
    Cell Phones pictures documented chemical elements.
    Used: Camera on cell phone and sent to drop.io at http://drop.io/CKCHEM4
  • 62. Mobile Podcasting: Songs about elements in Periodic table
    Periodic Table
    High School
  • 63. Mobile Podcasting Project: Live Radio Broadcasts
    High School Students Community Live Radio Show in Maine
    Used http://blogtalkradio.com
    Web link:
  • 64. Mobile Podcasting Project: Live Radio Broadcasts
    Advanced Spanish
    Don Quixote Discussion
    Each week different students in charge of discussion
  • 65. Mobile Surveys and Quizzes
    Create surveys and quizzes online and send to phones via text message (cost) or mobile Internet
    Take Liz’s Survey
  • 66. Oral Language Activities
  • 67. Avatar Project: Spanish Oral Exams
    High School Spanish 2 & 3 Students
    Developed an Avatar to take oral exams
    Used http://voki.com
    Focus: Engagement in oral speaking, oral speaking exams, culture representation with images
    Interview with Katie Titler
  • 68.
  • 69. Voki Examples
    Overseas Introduction
    Fluency and Writing
    6th-7th Graders Chat with President
  • 70. Katie Titler
  • 71. Phone Conference Recoding
    Record up to 250 people at one time on one call
    Host controls
    Private storage
  • 72. The next 5 years…
  • 73. QRcodes
    Bar codes for cell phones. Take a picture of a bar code and receive information on your phone.
    Need to download a free reader on your phone
  • 74. http://mrrobbo.wordpress.com/
  • 75.
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  • 77. Geo-Blogging Project: Orienteering
  • 78. Live Video Streaming from Cells
  • 79. Facial Recognition Software
  • 80. Negative Future Apps…
  • 81. Step by Step Guide to Getting Started
  • 82. Step 1: Survey students
  • 83.
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  • 88.
  • 89. Step 2: MOBILE Safety
  • 90.
  • 91. Life Consequences: Sexting
    Six teens face child porn (13 to 15) charges after being caught "sexting" each other. Criminal Charge!
    IN PA, 3 girls (12, 12, 16) charged with child pornography for sexing. Picture of them in bras.
    15% of teenagers have risqué photos of themselves or their friends on their cell phones.
    1 in 5 sext recipients report that they have passed the images along to someone else
  • 92. "If you take a picture, you can be accused of producing child pornography; if you send it to somebody, you can be accused of distributing child pornography; and if you keep a picture, you can be accused of possessing child pornography. Anywhere along this chain of transmission of the images, you can be charged as a registered sex offender." -Parry Aftab, an Internet privacy and security lawyer.
  • 93. Cyberbullying Most Popular in…
    Online gaming and virtual worlds
    Chat/discussion rooms
    Social Network Sites
    Instant Messengers
    Text messages
    Video sharing sites like Youtube
  • 94. “The girl’s parents, wild with outrage and fear, showed the principal the text messages: a dozen shocking, sexually explicit threats, sent to their daughter the previous Saturday night from the cellphone of a 12-year-old boy. Both children were sixth graders at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J. “
  • 95. Punish him, insisted the parents.
    “I said, ‘This occurred out of school, on a weekend,’ ” recalled the principal, Tony Orsini. “We can’t discipline him.”
  • 96. COPPA
    If a children’s information is posted online, and they are under the age of thirteen, notify the Web site or online service that the children are under thirteen and that COPPA (the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act) requires that they remove the information immediately.
    If they don’t respond right away, contact privacy@wiredsafety.org privacy [at] wiredsafety.org or the FTC directly, at http://www.ftc.gov/.
    CyberLaw Enforcement http://cyberlawenforcement.org/
  • 97. Be a Proactive Teacher
    Talk about cyberbullying and what it is and why it is not tolerated.
    Send home information to parents reminding the monitor their child’s online and mobile activities.
    Review the school’s policy on bullying and harassment
    Talk about consequences for bullying behavior
  • 98. Discuss Mobile Safety & Appropriate Use
    Part of digital footprint
    Your digital dossier that includes Internet activity such as social networking, email, chat rooms,
    YOU can’t erase this!!! Permanent record
    EVERYTHING you send via text message (pictures, videos, text, audio…etc) is PUBLIC!!!
    Example: Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
    Mobile “bullying” and “sexting” is public
    MTV Special on Sextingand Quiz
    Students should know their plans
    Bring in their cell phone plan and a bill
    Discuss what is charged and how much
    Give Students a Survey
    Learn more specific safety tips at Connectsafely
  • 99. Rules and Consequences
    Cell Phone to Cheat
    Enforce school policy on cheating
    Cell Phone as Distraction
    Enforce school policy on tardiness
    Cell Phone as Bully
    Enforce school bully/harassment/violence/threat policy
    Cell Phone to send inappropriate pics/videos
    Enforce school policy on harassment/threat
  • 100. Step 3: Social Contract
  • 101. Tips for Social Contract
    The teacher should explain to the students that there should be some rules concerning how their cell phones will be used in the classroom, and students have an opportunity to be part of the rule making process (the goal is to have no more than 5 simple rules to follow and a consequence for non-compliance).
    Students should be asked to brainstorm rules. During the brainstorm, students should be encouraged to support their rule with reasons why it should be implemented (such as “cell phones should be on vibrate at all times”, the student should then explain why this is important. If they can’t, ask for other students to help explain it.)
    Once there is a workable list of rules, students should be encouraged to narrow the list to about five rules. The teacher may want to do this himself, or to use the analogy of a professional job where one is given a cell phone and a contract. One could ask the students to imagine that they were given a professional contract, hen they could be asked which“rules” they think should be implemented in their classroom. Using this analogy may also help to eliminate some redundant or unnecessary rules.
    Once the rules have been selected. The students should be asked to brainstorm consequences for not following the rules. Once again, asking students to decide on the best option.
    The teacher should let the students know that she will be adding these rules and consequences to a permission form that will be sent home to have parents and the students sign.
  • 102. 5 Rules for Cell Phones in Schools
    Set rules based on business regulations for cell phone use (look at business contracts)
    Social contract with students
    • Must be on vibrate at all times
    • 103. Keep them in the front of the room until you are going to use them.
    • 104. All messages/media sent or published must be related to lesson.
    • 105. If you are referencing someone else in class, you must have their approval before posting or publishing.
    • 106. Create a permission form (in addition to the School’s AUP)
  • Step 4: Permission Form
  • 107. Dear Parents and Guardians,
    We are starting a new project this year in our biology course. The students will be taking pictures of different biological species that they encounter in their everyday lives and posting on a private class website. In order to capture the species in the everyday lives of the students, I have given them the option of using their cell phones to take the pictures and send them to the class website. While the students are not required to have a cell phone for the project, they are welcome to use their own if they choose to and if you allow them. In class, we will be discussing issues of mobile safety and etiquette before starting the project. I will be using the ConnectSafely Guidelines for Mobile Safety (http://www.connectsafely.org/safety-tips-and-advice.html ). If you would like to participate in this conversation, please feel free to attend the class sessions on March 5th and 6th during any of the biology class periods:
  • 108. In addition, I will be holding an information night about mobile safety and the project on March 3rd at 7:00pm. I will go over the project in detail, show you how it works, and also answer any questions you may have about using cell phones in learning.
  • 109. There is some research that supports the need for using student cell phones in learning and teaching students how cell phones can be a productive and important tool for their future professional growth. This will be discussed in detail at the information night as well as during the March 5th and 6th class sessions.
  • 110. Finally, you are welcome to participate in this project! We are using a private space in a photo-sharing site called Flickr, where all the photos will be sent and eventually posted to a map at the exact location they were uncovered. You are welcome to take a picture of a biological species that you encounter, send it to kolb@flickr.com along with a short text message on what you think the species is and the location of where you took the picture! Feel free to check the website each week to see the learning progress. Login: Kolbbiology Password: Biokid
  • 111. I hope to see you in class and/or on the March 3rd information night. In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me at kolb@gmail.com or by phone 777-222-5777.
    I give permission for my child to use their cell phone for phone calling for this project:
    ______________________________________________________. (parent signature)
    **They can only use _____ number of calling minutes for this project
    I give permission for my child to use their cell phone for text messaging for this project:
    ______________________________________________________. (parent signature)
    **They can only use _____ number of text messages for this project
    I give permission for my child to use their cell phone for mobile Internet for this project:
    ______________________________________________________. (parent signature)
    I give permission for my child to use their cell phone for taking and sending pictures and/ or videos (circle one or both) for this project:
    ______________________________________________________. (parent signature)
    **They can only send _____ number of media messages for this project
  • 112. Rules agreed upon by students and teacher
    Cell Phones Must Be on Vibrate at All Times
    Cell phones should be placed in the front of the room at the beginning of class (at the designated table in your numbered slot) and whenever they are not needed for instruction
    All mobile messages or media sent from your phone during class MUST be related to the lesson or activity
    If you are referencing someone else in class, you must have their (recorded verbal or written) approval before posting or publishing.
  • 113. Consequences
    The student will be asked to write a letter home to you and explain why they did not follow the rules in class. They will also be asked to come up with better class guidelines around cell phones use in schools so this does not occur again.
    I will adhere to the classroom rules for cell phone use
    ___________________________________________________. (student signature)
    Thank you
    Liz Kolb
  • 114. Step 5: Alternatives
  • 115. Alternative Ideas
    Select an online resource that couples with cell phones, but also has web-based options for uploading or sharing. For example if you use Flickr to send pictures to and from mobile phones to a private place online, students who do not have a cell phone, can still upload to Flickr via the web.
    Grouping students. Purposely putting students in groups or pairs where the teacher knows that at least one of the group members has a cell phone that can be used for the project is a simple way to keep the students who do not have cell phones anonymous (because the teacher can say, “someone in each group should take out their cell phone to use for this activity.”)
    Allow students to use your own cell phone.
    Landlines (many web-based cell phone resources have toll free calling numbers) for phone calling activities.
    Center activities for K-8 students where the teacher can use one cell phone with all the students during center time.
    Allow students to use hardcopy options that they hand in to you, and you upload the work to the online resource. This is important since a few parents do not want their children using cell phones in any capacity.
  • 116. Step 6: Parent Information Night
  • 117. Parent Night Ideas
    An overview of why you are using the student cell phones.
    Mobile Safety for Parents
    http://www.whereoscope.com/ (track your kids via cell phone)
    http://www.safetyweb.com/ (monitor mobile use)
    http://www.picture-alert.com (parental control on mobile pics)
    Describe the project(s) that will revolve around cell phone use, and any cost associated with the project and student cell phone use.
    Alternatives that the students have for completing the project without using cell phones
    Any change in school cell phone policy as a result of the project(s).
    Rules of the cell phone use during the project and the consequences for the students who do not follow the rules.
    Parents should be invited to participate in the activity (within reason).
    Provide parents with multiple ways for feedback (email address, a text message number, a voicemail (Google Voice would be great for this), and an online anonymous survey (such as Google Form).