USING STUDENT CELL
PHONES IN THE
CLASSROOM
Liz Kolb, University of Michigan
Liz’s Mobile Business Card
Send New Text
Messa...
http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTE1NDY3ODA1Nw
Knox County (TN) School Relaxing
Policy
 http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/2010/10/
know-county-schools-relaxing-policy...
Why Cell Phones?
“Some of the most crucial steps in mental
growth are based not simply on acquiring new
skills, but on acquiring new admini...
BYOT: Bring Your Own
technology
What is in
Your
Backpack?
"Kids tell us they power down to come to school.”
-Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow (2008)
Speak up 2010 Report 100,000+
students
For the first time since 2003, when asked
to identify the major obstacle to prevent...
#1 ACCESS/BRIDGE
DIGITAL DIVIDE
98% of Students in Grades 9-12
Have Their Own!
Texting…
Mobile More Accessible Than
Computer/Internet
 73% of U.S. household’s
have Internet access
 57% have broadband
 43% ha...
How Student’s Use Cell
Phones for Personal
Productivity
Research on cell phones in learning says…
1) "The proportions of textisms that kids used in their sentence
translations wa...
PBS: Ready to Learn Study
 Parent’s cell phones loaded
with literacy software
 Parents living at or below
poverty line
...
Parent’s Say YES to Cell Phones
for Learning
Create a mobile class website
 http://ubik.com/
iReporting
http://wainauguration.org/
Mobile Blogging…Getting
Started
Tumblr
 http://www.tumblr.com/
 Phone call, picture, text or
video post directly to blog...
#2 ANYTIME,
ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE,
ANY PACE…
1-800-2chacha
Send text Query
to 368266
Gather Data ANYWHERE…
Example: Mobile Note taking and
Organization: Speech to Text
 http://dial2do.com Create
an account
 Send Emails
 Blog
...
Mobile Note taking and Organization Project:
Student’s Mobile Scheduling
High School Technology Students
Created a Google ...
#3 EXTENDING
LEARNING
Summer Text Program
Norwich Free Academy
(Connecticut)
 Text of the week!
 Monday is vocabulary day
 Tuesday is science...
Mapping on the go…
http://flagr.com
Qrcode 2nd grade trip to zoo
Create Your Own Mobile
Scavenger Hunt
 http://www.scvngr.com (Trek)
SCVNGR Example
 Campus Tour
http://www.youtube.com/wat
ch?v=9waXmpba9BQ&fe
ature=related
IMPROVING ON
TRADITIONAL
LEARNING
9th Graders Text Messaging Romeo and
Juliet
• 9th Grade English in
Michigan
• Translating Romeo and
Juliet to “text speak”...
140 Characters or less…
 "Is there no pity sitting in the clouds
That sees into the bottom of my grief?
O sweet my mother...
Autistic Children in Akron OH
 Use pictures for parents/children to
communicate
 Social stigma associated with this
 Pa...
#4 MOBILE JOBS AND
CITIZENSHIP
Fundamental Shift in 21st Century
Workforce
 Technological changes are displacing low-skilled
workers and making room for...
Mobile Job Opportunities
Search for “cell phone
skills” on Monster.com
Fundamental Shift in Citizenship
Practices
 During the 2008
campaign, 49% of
younger voters (18-
24) shared
information v...
#5 INCREASE
PARTICIPATION &
COMMUNICATION
CPSProject: Brainstorming
Interview with Joe Wood
Record Group Discussion
with Google Voice
http://google.com/voic
e
 Call Liz
 734-408-4495
#6 AUTHENTICITY:
CONNECTING “REAL
WORLD” TO SCHOOL
LEARNING
Mobile Podcasting/Dropcasting
Using a cell phone to record and then posting the recording to a public or private
website t...
Mobile Podcasting Project: Connecting
Algebra to Real World
High School Algebra
Used
http://yodio.com
Web link:
http://www...
FIELD TRIPS &
HOMEWORK
Mobile Podcasting Project: Field
Trips
High School
Chemistry Students
on a field trip at
Cranbrook Science
Museum in MI.
C...
Mobile Podcasting: Songs about elements in
Periodic table
Chemistry
Periodic Table
 High School
 http://sarahdi.blogspot...
Mobile Podcasting Project:
Live Radio Broadcasts
High School Students
Community Live
Radio Show in
Maine
Used
http://blogt...
Mobile Podcasting Project:
Live Radio Broadcasts
 Advanced
Spanish
 Don Quixote
Discussion
 Each week
different
student...
Mobile Surveys and Quizzes
http://mobiode.com/
 Create surveys and
quizzes online and
send to phones via
text message (co...
ORAL LANGUAGE
ACTIVITIES
Avatar Project: Spanish Oral
Exams
High School Spanish 2
& 3 Students
Developed an Avatar
to take oral exams
Used http://v...
Voki Examples
Overseas Introduction
 http://anzaconnection.wikispaces.com/Introduc
tions
Fluency and Writing
 http://con...
Katie Titler
 http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/2010_04
_01_archive.html
Phone Conference Recoding
 http://freeconferencepr
o.com
 Record up to 250
people at one time on
one call
 Host control...
THE NEXT 5 YEARS…
QRcodes
 Bar codes for cell
phones. Take a picture
of a bar code and
receive information on
your phone.
 Need to downloa...
http://mrrobbo.
wordpress.com
/
Geo-Blogging Project:
Orienteering
http://kaywa.com
Live Video Streaming from
Cells
 http://qik.com/
http://qik.com/elikeren
Facial Recognition Software
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=628
9
Negative Future Apps…
STEP BY STEP GUIDE
TO GETTING STARTED
Step 1: Survey students
Step 2: MOBILE Safety
Life Consequences: Sexting
 Six teens face child porn (13 to 15) charges
after being caught "sexting" each other.
Crimina...
"If you take a picture, you can be accused of
producing child pornography; if you send it to
somebody, you can be accused ...
Cyberbullying Most Popular
in…
 Online gaming and virtual worlds
 Chat/discussion rooms
 Social Network Sites
 Instant...
“The girl’s parents, wild with outrage and fear,
showed the principal the text messages: a
dozen shocking, sexually explic...
Punish him, insisted the parents.
“I said, ‘This occurred out of school, on a
weekend,’ ” recalled the principal, Tony Ors...
COPPA
 If a children’s information is posted online, and
they are under the age of thirteen, notify the Web
site or onlin...
Be a Proactive Teacher
 Talk about cyberbullying and what it is and
why it is not tolerated.
 Send home information to p...
Discuss Mobile Safety & Appropriate Use
 Part of digital footprint
 Your digital dossier that includes Internet activity...
Rules and Consequences
 Cell Phone to Cheat
 Enforce school policy on cheating
 Cell Phone as Distraction
 Enforce sch...
Step 3: Social Contract
Tips for Social Contract
 The teacher should explain to the students that there should be some rules
concerning how their...
5 Rules for Cell Phones in
Schools
Set rules based on business regulations for cell phone
use (look at business contracts)...
Step 4: Permission Form
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are starting a new project this year in our biology course. The
students will be taking pic...
In addition, I will be holding an information
night about mobile safety and the project
on March 3rd at 7:00pm. I will go ...
There is some research that supports the
need for using student cell phones in
learning and teaching students how cell
pho...
Finally, you are welcome to participate in this
project! We are using a private space in a
photo-sharing site called Flick...
I hope to see you in class and/or on the March 3rd information night. In the
meantime if you have any questions or concern...
Rules agreed upon by students and teacher
1. Cell Phones Must Be on Vibrate at All Times
2. Cell phones should be placed i...
Consequences
The student will be asked to write a letter home to
you and explain why they did not follow the rules in
clas...
Step 5: Alternatives
Alternative Ideas
 Select an online resource that couples with cell phones, but also has
web-based options for uploading ...
Step 6: Parent Information
Night
Parent Night Ideas
 An overview of why you are using the student cell phones.
 Mobile Safety for Parents
 http://www.wh...
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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
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    1. 1. USING STUDENT CELL PHONES IN THE CLASSROOM Liz Kolb, University of Michigan Liz’s Mobile Business Card Send New Text Message: 50500 In Message Type: Kolb Via contxts.com Presentation Link:
    2. 2. http://www.polleverywhere.com/multiple_choice_polls/LTE1NDY3ODA1Nw
    3. 3. Knox County (TN) School Relaxing Policy  http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/2010/10/ know-county-schools-relaxing-policy-on.html Proposed Policy  http://www.wbir.com/news/local/10news_at_fiv e/article/137142/173/Knox-County-Schools-to- consider-new-cell-phone-policy
    4. 4. Why Cell Phones?
    5. 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. 6. BYOT: Bring Your Own technology What is in Your Backpack?
    7. 7. "Kids tell us they power down to come to school.” -Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow (2008)
    8. 8. 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.”
    9. 9. #1 ACCESS/BRIDGE DIGITAL DIVIDE
    10. 10. 98% of Students in Grades 9-12 Have Their Own!
    11. 11. Texting…
    12. 12. 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
    13. 13. How Student’s Use Cell Phones for Personal Productivity
    14. 14. 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.” http://www.britac.ac.uk/news/news.cfm/newsid/14
    15. 15. PBS: Ready to Learn Study  Parent’s cell phones loaded with literacy software  Parents living at or below poverty line  Findings:  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.
    16. 16. Parent’s Say YES to Cell Phones for Learning
    17. 17. Create a mobile class website  http://ubik.com/
    18. 18. iReporting http://wainauguration.org/
    19. 19. Mobile Blogging…Getting Started Tumblr  http://www.tumblr.com/  Phone call, picture, text or video post directly to blog  Goodies
    20. 20. #2 ANYTIME, ANYPLACE, ANYWHERE, ANY PACE…
    21. 21. 1-800-2chacha Send text Query to 368266 Gather Data ANYWHERE…
    22. 22. Example: Mobile Note taking and Organization: Speech to Text  http://dial2do.com Create an account  Send Emails  Blog  Translation  Post to your Google Calendar, get SMS reminders of your events.  Create reminders  Listen to any website or news feed  Tweet  Accounting
    23. 23. 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 http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/20 08/08/kicking-off-school-year-web- 20-style-w.html
    24. 24. #3 EXTENDING LEARNING
    25. 25. 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 http://txtblaster.com
    26. 26. Mapping on the go… http://flagr.com
    27. 27. Qrcode 2nd grade trip to zoo
    28. 28. Create Your Own Mobile Scavenger Hunt  http://www.scvngr.com (Trek)
    29. 29. SCVNGR Example  Campus Tour http://www.youtube.com/wat ch?v=9waXmpba9BQ&fe ature=related
    30. 30. IMPROVING ON TRADITIONAL LEARNING
    31. 31. 9th Graders Text Messaging Romeo and Juliet • 9th Grade English in Michigan • Translating Romeo and Juliet to “text speak” • Start in class with translating a few lines to a wiffiti board (http://wiffiti.com ) • Voting on best “translations” • Move to Homework • Create a whole text message novel of Romeo and Juliet
    32. 32. 140 Characters or less…  "Is there no pity sitting in the clouds That 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 bed In that dim monument where Tybalt lies." - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3.5  Send to:
    33. 33. 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)
    34. 34. #4 MOBILE JOBS AND CITIZENSHIP
    35. 35. 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
    36. 36. Mobile Job Opportunities
    37. 37. Search for “cell phone skills” on Monster.com
    38. 38. Fundamental Shift in Citizenship Practices  During the 2008 campaign, 49% of younger voters (18- 24) shared information via text message about the campaigns.  http://www.visiblevot e.us 
    39. 39. #5 INCREASE PARTICIPATION & COMMUNICATION
    40. 40. CPSProject: Brainstorming Interview with Joe Wood
    41. 41. Record Group Discussion with Google Voice http://google.com/voic e  Call Liz  734-408-4495
    42. 42. #6 AUTHENTICITY: CONNECTING “REAL WORLD” TO SCHOOL LEARNING
    43. 43. 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.
    44. 44. Mobile Podcasting Project: Connecting Algebra to Real World High School Algebra Used http://yodio.com Web link: http://www.yodio.co m/yo.aspx?cardId= LvAhgDUPZd6Ub BgsTMN2aC Interview with Jimbo Lamb
    45. 45. FIELD TRIPS & HOMEWORK
    46. 46. 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/CKCH EM4
    47. 47. Mobile Podcasting: Songs about elements in Periodic table Chemistry Periodic Table  High School  http://sarahdi.blogspot.com /
    48. 48. Mobile Podcasting Project: Live Radio Broadcasts High School Students Community Live Radio Show in Maine Used http://blogtalkradio.c om Web link: http://www.blogtalkradi o.com/lobstertalk
    49. 49. Mobile Podcasting Project: Live Radio Broadcasts  Advanced Spanish  Don Quixote Discussion  Each week different students in charge of discussion http://talkshoe.co m
    50. 50. Mobile Surveys and Quizzes http://mobiode.com/  Create surveys and quizzes online and send to phones via text message (cost) or mobile Internet  Take Liz’s Survey http://techtools.mob iode.mobi
    51. 51. ORAL LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES
    52. 52. 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
    53. 53. Voki Examples Overseas Introduction  http://anzaconnection.wikispaces.com/Introduc tions Fluency and Writing  http://connect.pulaski.k12.wi.us/faculty/saellne r/stuproj.cfm 6th-7th Graders Chat with President  http://sites.google.com/site/thehistorylab/prese ntations-1/chatting-with-washington
    54. 54. Katie Titler  http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/2010_04 _01_archive.html
    55. 55. Phone Conference Recoding  http://freeconferencepr o.com  Record up to 250 people at one time on one call  Host controls  Private storage
    56. 56. THE NEXT 5 YEARS…
    57. 57. 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  http://kaywa.com  http://www.i- nigma.com/CreateBarc odes.html  http://zxing.appspot.co m/generator/
    58. 58. http://mrrobbo. wordpress.com /
    59. 59. Geo-Blogging Project: Orienteering http://kaywa.com
    60. 60. Live Video Streaming from Cells  http://qik.com/ http://qik.com/elikeren
    61. 61. Facial Recognition Software http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=628 9
    62. 62. Negative Future Apps…
    63. 63. STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO GETTING STARTED
    64. 64. Step 1: Survey students
    65. 65. Step 2: MOBILE Safety
    66. 66. 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 http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2009/01/15/pn.sexting.teens.cnn
    67. 67. "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.
    68. 68. Cyberbullying Most Popular in…  Online gaming and virtual worlds  Chat/discussion rooms  Social Network Sites  Instant Messengers  Text messages  Video sharing sites like Youtube
    69. 69. “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. “
    70. 70. 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.”
    71. 71. 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/
    72. 72. 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
    73. 73. 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 Sexting and 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
    74. 74. 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
    75. 75. Step 3: Social Contract
    76. 76. 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.
    77. 77. 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  Keep them in the front of the room until you are going to use them.  All messages/media sent or published must be related to lesson.  If you are referencing someone else in class, you must have their approval before posting or publishing.  Create a permission form (in addition to the School’s AUP)
    78. 78. Step 4: Permission Form
    79. 79. 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: 8:00-9:00 9:10-10:10 2:10-3:10
    80. 80. 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.
    81. 81. 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.
    82. 82. 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
    83. 83. 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
    84. 84. Rules agreed upon by students and teacher 1. Cell Phones Must Be on Vibrate at All Times 2. 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 3. All mobile messages or media sent from your phone during class MUST be related to the lesson or activity 4. If you are referencing someone else in class, you must have their (recorded verbal or written) approval before posting or publishing.
    85. 85. 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
    86. 86. Step 5: Alternatives
    87. 87. 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.
    88. 88. Step 6: Parent Information Night
    89. 89. 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

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