Using Student cell phones in classroom learning Liz Kolb, Ph.D. University of Michigan firstname.lastname@example.org http://cellphonesinlearning.com http://tiny.cc/istekolb (presentation) Twitter: lkolb Liz’s Mobile Business Card Send a new text: 50500 In message: kolb http://contxts.com
How to Use Mobile Business Card in K-12? Flash Card ReviewsEach student in a class can create a "business card" as a 160 character flash card, give it a keyword. As a result, all the students in the class could exchange different flash cards for review. If the cards are saved on the students' phones, than the students can use them anytime for an instant review. Help LinesStudents who are struggling with issues of depression, addiction, disease, anxieties, peer pressure, or other afflictions are often fearful to tell an adult. By giving students mobile business cards with help line information, they can contact the lines at anytime without fear of being identified. Local Scavenger HuntsTeachers can create keyword scavenger hunts using Contxts. For example, a teacher can create "clues" by using the 160 character business cards, and as students answer the clues and find the new locations for the scavenger hunt, they text a new keyword and receive a new clue. This would be a fun activity for local history, math students studying geometry, physics students, or even foreign language students could go around the city or just the school unraveling clues in other languages. Advertising CampaignsStudents could team up with local businesses to create 160 character advertisements. For example students could create an ad slogan for a local coffee shop, along with a coupon...such as"Drink a cup of Joe before 8 & Get a rebate...COUPON CODE: 721u". Students could create posters or a word of mouth campaign to try to get people to call in to hear the advertisement and the coupon code.
Agenda Why STUDENT OWNED cell phones? Addressing concerns Examples of schools/teacher using cell phones Step-by-step guide to integration (includes policy and legal issues) Projects! Next Steps…
Part 1 Why Cell Phones?
When was the last time you… Used a payphone? Met an adult (18-50) that did not have an email account? Adjusted the tracking on your VCR? Used a typewriter to fill out a job application? Sent film out to be developed? Used a walkman? Went to the library to do research? Got up to change the channel?
Classroom Technology requested by new teachers
% of New Teachers who would like technology in their hands of the students
New Teachers List The Technologies They Use EVERYDAY outside of teaching Everyday Use Classroom Wish List TV-DVD-DVR Internet Online Courses Web Blogging Cell Phones Facebook or MySpace Wikipedia Video Games (Wii and Computer-Based) iPod/MP3 Players GPS Devices Google, Google Earth, Google Maps Twitter TV-DVD-DVR Internet LCD Projector Chalkboard/Dry Erase PowerPoint Teacher Laptop Word Excel Tape/CD Player Overhead Projector Educational Software SMARTboard Telephone
Why haven’t we seen long-term education technology change that reflects technology changes in society? In 1986 & 2001, Larry Cuban Found: Teachers teach how they were taught Technology traditionally infused from “Top-Down” Cuban, L. (1986). Teachers and machines: The classroom use of technology since 1920. New York: Teachers College Press.
Teachers Say Technology in Their school is introduced by…
“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
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 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.”
Government Says: use them! http://tinyurl.com/yzvr944
Arguments for Using Students’ Everyday Tools
Internet v. Mobile 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
Access 76% of secondary students have their own cell phones One in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day, or 3000 texts a month. (Lenhart et al, 2010) 80% of secondary students have MP3 players (Project Tomorrow, 2008, Apr. 8). 84% of children between the ages of 8 to 10 have a video game player in their household (Rideout et al, 2005). 93% of teenagers use the Internet 55% of 12-17 year olds have a profile on Facebook or Myspace (Lenhart et al, 2007).
By the end of 2010 it is estimated that… 54% of 8 year olds will have their own cell phone! Amoroso, (2006). Tween Market has the potential to double by 2010. Yankee Group Retrieved from www.yankeegroup.com/researchdocument.dorid=14058
Millennials Rising (Neil Howe and William Strauss) How 21st Century Students learn best… Collaboratively Anytime, anyplace, anywhere, any pace Structured activities Relevancy with real world *They want to do this with the TECHNOLOGY of their generation
WELCOME To The Era of the…Free Agent Learner Technology enabled bottom up learner ANYTIME ANYWHERE ANYPLACE ANY PACE
For Example… 1-800-2chacha Send text Query to 36266
Example: Mobile Note taking and Organization
http://dial2do.com Create an account
Post to your Google Calendar, get SMS reminders of your events.
Listen to any website or news feed
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
7 top job skills Critical Thinking and Problem-solving Collaboration Across Networks and Leading By Influence Agility and Adaptability Initiative and Entrepreneurialism Effective Oral and Written Communication Accessing and Analyzing Information Curiosity and Imagination
Partnership for 21st Century Skills 12%
Mobile Job Opportunities for Students
Search for “cell phone skills” on Monster.com
Fundamental Shift in Citizenship Practices 74% of all 18-24 year olds were politically active on the Internet during the 2008 campaign During the 2008 campaign, 49% of younger voters (18-24) shared information via text message about the campaigns. http://www.visiblevote.us
Research on cell phones in learning says… "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
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.
Why Are We Reluctant? Is it in our history?
History of Ed Tech The history of educational technology has not been glowing, and it is difficult to point to particular advances in the effectiveness of schools that are related to technology (Cuban, Kilpatrick, & Peck, 2001).
Teacher’s Conference, 1703 “Student’s today can’t prepare bark to calculate their problems. They depend on their slates, which are more expensive. What will they do when the slate is dropped and it breaks? They will not be able to write.”
Principal’s Association, 1815 “Students today depend upon paper too much. They don’t know how to write on slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?”
1999 Michael Mowe (1999) wrote in The Montgomery County Heard “The Internet is not a great tool for teaching...People think that children can think of any topic and pull up a wealth of information on it, but that is not the case. The information in the library is what people seem to expect, but nobody has the time to transcribe entire libraries onto computers. There is nothing on the Internet that is incredibly beneficial to education.”
Mayor bloomberg, 2007 “We are not going to allow iPods and BlackBerrys and cell phones and things that are disruptive in the classroom. Classrooms are for learning. Teachers cannot be expected to look under every kid’s desk at what they’re doing.”
Cheating is a problem…
26% of teenagers admitted to using their cell phone to store information to look at during a test or a quiz.
25% have text messaged their friends about answers during a test or quiz.
20% have searched the Internet via their mobile phone during a test or quiz.
17% have taken pictures of a test or quiz with the cell phone in order to send the pictures to their friends.
Common Sense Media 09
Even MORE of a problem Most students do not envision these activities as cheating. More than half of the students surveyed did not think these acts were serious offenses of cheating, rather they think of it as just “helping out a friend.” Common Sense Media 09
70% of U.S. schools completely ban cell phones from campus 63% of students admitted to sneaking in cell phones and using them during class anyway. In a seven class a day, five day school week, the average student sends at least three text messages per class. Common Sense Media 09
One in three (34%) texting teens ages 16-17 say they have texted while driving. http://news.yahoo.com/video/us-15749625/19858592
Life Consequences Students are sometimes “sexting” “to friends for their entertainment value, as a joke or for fun." 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 risque 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
"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.
Current Banning Structures are NOT working Students still “cheating”, “Off-task”, or “inappropriately” using cell phones in schools Students still bring them to schools and use them when told not to. Students still do not understand consequences of their social media use Students have no idea how to use mobile phones or social media in future job force!
How do we change?
2007: Middle School Principal’s Journey “Last year the school ran out of calculators needed for a math exam, So I let a student use the calculator function on his cell phone. The student was excited to use a phone instead of a calculator. I found 19 of my 22 students had phones.” -Kipp Rogers, Principal at Passages Middle School in Virginia
Mary Passage Middle School Cell Phone Policy
1. Students will talk on their cell phone only to complete assignments that are related to the instructional lesson. 2. Students will keep cell phones turned off or left in lockers when they are not being used for instructional purposes in class. 3. Students will only send text- messages, pictures or video- messages to others outside of the classroom with permission and directions from the teacher. 4. Students will not record still or moving images or voices of students or the teacher without permission from the teacher. 5. Students will not post recordings of still or moving images or voice recordings of students or the teacher to online websites without their permission. 6. Students will practice internet safety with online resources. 7. Students will post only appropriate text, audio and visual media to on-line websites.
I _____________________ understand that violation of our class acceptable cell phone use policy may result in my not being able to participate in additional class activities that involve using the cell phone. I also understand that I may receive disciplinary consequences for violating school board policies regarding cyber-bullying.
I _______________________ have gone over the Cell Phones in Class Acceptable Use Policy with my child and agree to allow my child to participate.
Addressing: Safety & Access Dr. Kipp Rogers Says… "For the most part, the kids respect the rules. I never had any problems with kids using them inappropriately in my class. We spent a lot of time talking about their digital footprint and that what they do can be tracked.” He said he initially worried about "the haves and have nots," but students work in teams for most assignments requiring cell phones, so there is always at least one phone among the group.
Teacher’s Reactions Teachers said participation is up and discipline problems are down in classes using cell phones. Rogers is looking for ways to expand the phones' uses. "It's fighting a losing battle to ask them to leave them at home.” Learn more from Dr. Rogers: http://passage.nn.k12.va.us/
Student’s Reaction Sixth-grader Cassie Garn said her English teacher uses cell phones for several exercises. "This is more interesting and people pay attention," she said. "It's fun. It beats writing stuff down and everybody likes to try to be first." “My teacher roams the room to make sure students are sending answers and not texts to friends.” "It's all related to work," Garn said. "We're not texting other people."
What Passages is doing now…
iReporting with Blogger.com
Polling with Polleverywhere
Text Google for Information (466453)
Recording audio with iPadio
Hear from Kipp: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/elikeren/2009/10/22/Middle-School-Principal-Kipp-Rogers-has-Teachers-Using-Cell-Phones-and-Tweeting
Passages Middle School Cell Phone Book http://passage.nn.k12.va.us/
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
Voki’s in elementary Writing and Fluency 1st and 2nd grade http://connect.pulaski.k12.wi.us/faculty/saellner/stuproj.cfm
Voki’s for epals http://anzaconnection.wikispaces.com/Introductions
Avatar Project: Celebrity in Your Field of interest Create an Avatar of a famous person in your field of interest.
Celebrity in Your Field Log in to http://voki.com Click on Create Create Your Avatar Give Your Avatar a Voice via Cell Phone. Post on our wiki http://kolbiste.wikispaces.com/
Thoughts… Post to our wiffiti page
Summary of 16 teachers using student cell phones 11 Teachers from across the U.S. who are using student cell phones
Dealing with school Bans of Cell Phones? Each teacher’s school district had differing policies governing cell phones, some completely banned them, whereas others simply had restrictions on how and when they were allowed to be used during the school day. Every teacher was able to find a way to work within the school policy to include cell phones in their teaching. Most teachers who wanted to use the cell phones during the school day were able to approach the administration and figure out an appropriate management system so that they could use the student school phones. Middle school reading teacher Tim Chase set up a management system (approved by his administration) that when students were using their cell phones to take pictures for their class project during the school day, they wore “assignment" badges.”
Discipline Issues? All but one of the teachers claimed that they did not have any discipline problems when using the student cell phones. Many of the teachers said that using the cell phones for learning actually cut down on discipline problems in school related to cell phone use.
Engagement? Just about every teacher reported that motivation and engagement in the class activities increased when they were using the cell phones. Katie Titler, a Spanish teacher in Wisconsin, found that many of her students went from being worried or disengaged in oral language activities to excited about oral language as a result of using their cell phones to record oral quizzes. Allison Riccardi, a Spanish teacher from Michigan, found that she, “was amazed at how having them text sentences in Spanish really drew them not only into the activity, but also really helped them to understand the grammar behind what they were saying.” Interview with Katie Titler
Students without cell phones? There were a couple of teachers who did worried about doing cell phone based activities when not every student owned a cell phone. However they all found that, in the end, there were plenty of ways to manage the issue. The most popular work-around was for teachers to group or pair students up so that there was one cell phone per group. In some cases, teachers simply selected a project where the students had an alternative to the cell phone. Jimbo Lamb, a math teacher from Pennsylvania, used a resource to record audio files with a toll-free calling number so that his math students could call-in with their cell phones or a landline. Interview with Jimbo Lamb
Parents? None of the teachers reported problems with parents being upset that their children were using their cell phones for learning. As a matter of fact, some of the teachers received thank you notes from appreciative parents who were thrilled that their children were learning how to use their cell phones appropriately and in an educative way. Paul Wood, technology coordinator in Texas claimed, “I received no negative comments and four positive comments as well as some thank you's.” Interview with Paul Wood
Improved learning? In some cases, teachers mentioned that they were surprised how quickly the students began to get actively involved in the lesson planning process, and not just being passive students regurgitating information. These teachers found that once they allowed their students to use cell phones in instruction, the students began to suggest learning activities that they could do with their cell phones. Judy Pederson, an English teacher in California, said “At first, being able to use their cell phones was instantly ‘cool,’ and grabbed students' attention. After a while, it became a very convenient tool and students began generating their own ideas for how to use the phones for projects.” Interview with Judy Pederson
Using Cell Phones for Student Management or Communication? Many of the teachers also set up office hours via cell phone (some via Twitter), where their students could text message or call them during designated evening hours. Larry Liu, an English teacher from Michigan, expanded his cell phone Facebook activity so that he was able to use Facebook to communicate homework help and answer questions from his students. He found that since most of his students already were on Facebook and their cell phones most often, it was easier to communicate with them via their favorite devices rather than more traditional methods such as landlines or even email. Interview with Larry Liu
Part3: Getting Started Mobile Safety and Appropriate Use
Step 1: Survey students
Step 2: MOBILE Safety
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
Step 3: Social Contract
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.
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)
Step 4: Permission Form
Sample Permission Form
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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
Step 5: Alternatives
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.
Step 6: parent Information night
Parent Night Ideas An overview of why you are using the student cell phones. 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).
The Door is not locked Website http://www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca/app/en/
Step 7: start slowly, remind, Follow through, and Feedback
Part 4: Projects!
Project 1: Outside of class Data Collection
EXAMPLE: 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
Example Mobile Podcasting Project: Summer Activity Community Group Careers with Critters Middle School Children Interviews of observations and daily experience http://careerswithcritters.blogspot.com/
#1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Radio Theater Elementary School 3rd-6th graders Used: http://hipcast.com Web link: http://stjosephschooltrenton.com/blog/
Mobile Podcasting Project: Author Study Middle School 6th-7th Grade Used: http://gabcast.com Web link: http://541sparkes.blogspot.com/2007/07/author-blog-6.html
Mobile Podcasting Project: Science Inquiry Questions High School Earth Science Used http://gabcast.com Web link: http://mrsleeswebblog.blogspot.com/
Mobile Podcasting Project: Connecting Algebra to Real World High School Algebra Used http://yodio.com Web link: http://www.yodio.com/yo.aspx?cardId=LvAhgDUPZd6UbBgsTMN2aC
Mobile Podcasting Project: Live Radio Broadcasts High School Students Community Live Radio Show in Maine Used http://blogtalkradio.com Web link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lobstertalk
PROJECT TIME! http://drop.io
Podcast Activity: NPR “This I Believe…” 10th Grade English Wrote their own This I Believe Recorded for HW via Cell Phone Submitted BEST to NPR Focus: Speaking Skills, Persuasive Writing Skills, Editing Skills
This I Believe Podcasting Project… Find a Partner Create a 1 minute “This I Believe…” Podcast Podcast should begin & end with “This I believe…” Topic of your choice Can be humorous, sad, inquisitive Call in to our Drop # Record your podcast
Let’s Vote! http://polleverywhere.com
Project 2: Set up class Text Alert for Media on the fly!
Alerts Project: Film on the Fly http://www.koce.org/filmonthefly http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/2009_04_01_archive.html
Text Message Alerts! Sending out mass text messages to large or small groups of people. http://textmarks.com http://txtblaster.com
Let’s Begin with a Picture on the Fly! http://txtblaster.com http://flickr.com
Picture on the Fly Step 1: Create an account in Flickr.com Step 2: Login to Flickr Step 3: Click on Uploading Tools (next to Upload Photos) Step 4: Click on Upload by Email. You will be given an email address where you can send pictures and/or videos from your cell phone directly into Flickr. Step 5: Go Outside and Find an interesting biological phenomena (leafs, grass, animals...etc). Step 6: Take a picture or video of the phenomena, send a text message of what you believe the phenomena to be (take a guess if needed). Send it to our Flickr Mobile Account. Step 7: Login to Flickr.com Step 8: Place your image on the Flickr Map in the EXACT location where you found the item (Organize--My Map).
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
Text Message Project: Text Homework Alerts Jimbo Lamb High School Math Teacher Pennsylvania Text for Homework Uses: http://textmarks.com http://mrlambmath.wikispaces.com/
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.
Voting on best “translations”
Move to Homework
Create a whole text message novel of Romeo and Juliet
Using Texting to Teach Shakespare
Text Message Principal “Principal Michael Bregy told all 2,400 students in the building to take out their cell phones and save his personal cell phone number.” http://dailyherald.com/story/?id=332034 http://dailyherald.com/story/?id=332034
Organize with Text, email, and audio Alert system
Organization Send text, audio, or email to mass groups at one time. Schedule messages Get Feedback http://www.sendgm.com/
Listen to Any Podcast or RSS Feed Via Phone http://podlinez.com/ Get a phone number for ANY Internet podcast
Create your own QRcodes for assignments
QRcodes Bar codes for cell phones. Take a picture of a bar code and receive information on your phone. http://kaywa.com http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/
Qrcode 2nd grade trip to zoo
Qrcode Book Reviews
PE Class: Adventure Race
Mobile Blogging Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/ Phone call, picture, text or video post directly to blog Goodies
More Projects and Free Resources
Create Your Own Mobile Scavenger Hunt http://www.scvngr.com
Photobucket Flip book Pre-Calculus Math Students Factoring Flipbook Used: http://photobucket.com http://www.cellularlearning.org.php5-5.dfw1-1.websitetestlink.com/
Student Reaction to Flipbook “During this unit, my knowledge of factoring has improved greatly. I learned new methods of factoring including the Sum/Difference of Two Cubes, and Perfect Square Trinomials. I was able to recognize, when given a problem, which technique to use, after learning these new methods, along with the ones we have already learned. I find that the most challenging aspect of factoring is being able to identify which method should be used for each problem, and after covering this unit in class, I find it easier to tell.”
Mobile Novel Project: Cell Phone Bestseller Popular in Asia to Read Novels Via Cell. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/world/asia/20japan.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&th&emc=th&oref=slogin
Use a cell phone to write a private or collaborative novel, poem, chapter review, or short story to “publish” on a cell phone. Mobile Novels http://textnovel.com
Web 2.0 Voicemail A cell phone that couples with a website in order to create MP3 files of voicemails, transcripts of voicemails, smart greeting for individual or groups of callers, and stores all calling information. http://google.com/voice (734) 408-4495
Google Voice in Foreign Language http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/CellPhonesintheLanguageClassro/192995
Administrative Cross Posting Post announcements, updates, pictures, videos, and assignments on multiple places from one text message. http://pixelpipe.com
Phone Conference recoding http://freeconferencepro.com Record up to 250 people at one time on one call Host controls Private storage
Follow a teacher in his first year of using cell phones George Engel (HS Math Teacher) http://www.cellularlearning.org
Jarrod Robinson Australian Teacher Math and PE http://mrrobbo.wordpress.com/
Kevin Bals NJ High School Principal http://www.livinginthe4thscreen.com/
Liz’s Delicious http://delicious.com/elikeren
Getting Started DO NOT attempt to change policy (yet) Survey Students on Cell Phones Who has one? What is their plan? Preference for Communication? Talk with students about cell phone safety & etiquette Create a social contract for cell phone use with school assignments Show Digital Dossier Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79IYZVYIVLA Start with OPTIONAL homework/EC projects outside of classroom. Start with what YOU are comfortable with (such as phone call resources like Drop.io)
For Parents Model appropriate mobile phone use Take advantage of everyday teachable moments that you can capture via phone Go over the cell phone bill/plan with your children Join in on the conversation/text messaging Discuss consequences of inappropriate actions (not just family rules, but legal as well). http://www.connectsafely.org/safety-tips-and-advice.html