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  • 1. Send a new text message To: 99503 In Message: 24556 and your message
    What is your biggest question or concern about using cell phones in learning?
  • 2.
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  • 4. Connecting Student Cell Phones to Classroom Instruction
    Liz Kolb
    University of Michigan & Madonna University
    Twitter: lkolb
    Get Liz’s Business Card:
    Send a New Text:
    In Message:
  • 5.
  • 6. Meet Liz…
    • Taught 7th-12th Grade Social Studies in Cincinnati, Ohio
    • 7. Taught High School Technology Courses in Columbus, OH.
    • 8. Former High School Technology Coordinator and Integration Specialist in Columbus OH.
    • 9. Currently Adjunct Assistant Professor at Madonna University-Teaches Ed Tech Courses to in-service Teachers in the Master’s program.
    • 10. Currently Finishing Doctorate at University of Michigan. Teaches Ed Tech Courses to preservice teachers.
    • 11. Author: “Toy to Tool: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education”
  • 12. Why students’ own cell phones?
  • 13. The Research
    Text messaging may help children fight off obesity (UNC, USA)
    Concern over texting lingo has been greatly exaggerated; less than 10 percent of words in text messages are abbreviated (Gr8 Db8)
    Texting linked positively with literacy achievements (Coventry University, UK)
    Texting helps shy teenagers communicate (Plymouth Univ)
    Anonymity in texting leads to greater participation and knowledge growth (Univ. of Cape Town)
  • 14. Why Cell Phones?
    72.4% of Canadian households have at least one Cell Phone
    Low Cost
    End of 2012 education technology spending will reach 56.2 billion dollars. (USA)
    How Students’ View Cell Phones
    3 Generations of Cell Phone Users (NPR)
    4th graders preferred form of communication is a cell phone (Canadian)
    How Students View Learning
    Free Agent Learners
    Anywhere, anytime, any place at any pace
    1-800-2chacha (text chacha)
    MyMiaMia (1-416-800-0879)
    Google 411
    The 21st Century Professional World
    Future jobs require mobile skill
    World ranking of cell phone ownership and Canadians?
  • 15. By 2010 it is estimated …
    Over 90% of 9-12th Graders will have cell phones
    54% of 8 year olds will have their own cell phone!
  • 16. The 21st Century student’s view on their professional future
    ONLY “23% of advanced technology students K-12” believe that schools are preparing them for the 21st Century Job Force.
    Speak Up 2007 Report. Retrieved:
  • 17. Mobile Job Opportunities
  • 18. Companies Go Mobile
    Mobile Coupons
    SMS & MMS
    Mobile Advertising
    • Latest News on Mobile Marketing
    • 19. SMS & QRcodes & Call Ins
    • 20.
  • Search for “cell phone skills” on
  • 21. Text message one reason why cell phones should NOT be integrated in learning.
  • 22.  
    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.
    • 23. 25% have text messaged their friends about answers during a test or quiz.
    • 24. 20% have searched the Internet via their mobile phone during a test or quiz.
    • 25. 17% have taken pictures of a test or quiz with the cell phone in order to send the pictures to their friends.
  • 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.”
  • 26. 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.
  • 27. Life Consequences
    A 14-year-old Wisconsin girl who refused to stop texting during a high school math class was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
    Six teens face child porn (13 to 15) charges after being caught "sexting" each other. Criminal Charge!
  • 28. Current Banning and 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 use
    Students have no idea how to use them in future job force!
  • 29. How do we change?
  • 30. Craik School inCanadaUsing Cell Phones in Middle School
    8th Grade
    40% have cell phones
    Using them for…
    • Organization/Scheduling
    • 31. Projects: Text Messaging Activities
    • 32. Recording Group Conversations
    • 33. Sending assignments to the teacher
  • 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
    • 34. Keep them in the front of the room until you are going to use them.
    • 35. All messages/media sent or published must be related to lesson.
    • 36. If you are referencing someone else in class, you must have their approval before posting or publishing.
    • 37. Create a permission form (in addition to the School’s AUP)
  • Inclusive Cell Phone Policy
  • 38. 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
    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
  • 39. What can students do with a basic cell phone?
    Phone Call
    Send a Text Message (SMS)
    Take a Picture
  • 40.
  • 41. 12 Project Samples: Basic Cell Phones Become Learning Tools
    Podcasting/Live Radio
    Cell phone Avatars
    Mobile Note Taking/Organization
    Instant Media Sharing and Mobile Blogging
    Text Message Alert Projects
    Phonevites (oral quiz)
    Review Ringtones
    Mobile eBooks
    Voicemail Greetings
  • 42. Questions…
    Do ALL students need their own phone?
    NO! Groups, Web Options, Landlines
    What if my school does not allow cell phones on campus?
    Activities work very well off-campus for homework
    Can I use a BASIC phone?
    YES! Phone call, text message, take a picture…
    Does it costs money?
    The resources are FREE, students should know their plans
    Students with disabilities?
    Speech to Text & Text to Speech Options
  • 43. The Projects!
    Classroom Examples and Ideas
  • 44. #1 Mobile Podcasting/Live Radio
    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.
  • 45. #1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Radio Theater
    Elementary School 3rd-6th graders
    Web link:
  • 46. #1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Author Study
    Middle School 6th-7th Grade
    Web link:
  • 47. #1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Science Inquiry Questions
    High School Earth Science
    Web link:
  • 48. #1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Connecting Algebra to Real World
    High School Algebra
    Web link:
  • 49. #1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Spanish Poetry
    High School Foreign Language Students
    Web link:
  • 50.
  • 51. #1 Mobile Podcasting Project: Live Radio Broadcasts
    High School Students Community Live Radio Show in Maine
    Web link:
  • 52. 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
  • 53. 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 (hang up when done)
  • 54. #2 Classroom Performance Systems (CPS)
    Using a cell phone to post text or take polls where results are instantly reported on a website.
  • 55. #2 Mobile Poll or Survey: American Literature Survey
    10th grade American Literature reading Catcher in the Rye
    Created polls to start each class connecting reading to students’ everyday lives
    Web link:
  • 56. Polling Project: Together we will create a poll for “This I Believe…”
  • 57. #3 Avatar Project: Spanish Oral Exams
    High School Spanish 2 & 3 Students
    Developed an Avatar to take oral exams
    Focus: Engagement in oral speaking, oral speaking exams, culture representation with images
  • 58.
  • 59. #4 Phone Logging
  • 60. #5 Mobile Note taking and Organization
    Using your cell phone to create speech to text reminders, emails, twitters, scheduled items on web-based calendars, get translations, and more!
  • 61. #4 Mobile Note taking and Organization Create an account
    Send Emails
    Post to your Google Calendar, get SMS reminders of your events.
    Create reminders
    Listen to any website or news feed
  • 62. #4 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
  • 63. Scheduling Project: Google Cal to Cell Phone via Dial2do
    How to…
  • 64. Step 1: Set up a Google Calendar (you can import your iCal or Outlook Calendar right in).
    Login to
    Click on CALENDAR
    Liz Kolb
  • 65. Create an account if you do not have a Google Account. If you do, Sign In.
    Liz Kolb
  • 66. Click on ADD
    Liz Kolb
  • 67. Add Details
    Liz Kolb
  • 68. Click on SETTINGS
    Liz Kolb
  • 69. Click on MOBILE SETUP
    Liz Kolb
  • 70. ADD a SMS Reminder
    Click on SAVE
    Liz Kolb
  • 71. Log in to
    Click on DO MORE
    Liz Kolb
  • 72. Click on ORGANIZE
    Click on MORE next to Calendar
    Liz Kolb
  • 73. Change provider to GOOGLE
    Click on SAVE
    Liz Kolb
  • 74. Grant Access to your Google account
    Liz Kolb
  • 75. TRY IT: Cal Dial2do 1-213-325-2615
    and say “Calendar” then schedule something!
    You can also “Listen to Calendar”
    Liz Kolb
  • 76.
  • 77. #5 Mobile Photo and Video blogging or Posting
    Posting an image, video, or text message to a web blog or private photo place on the web directly from your cell phone.
  • 78. #5 Mobile Photo and Video blogging or Posting
    Take a Picture or Video
    Send it to
    You will receive a message with your URL of your blog!
  • 79. #5 PhotoPosting Project: Documenting Lab Activities
    Mathematics teacher has students document their mathematical steps and lab activities, then put them into a slideshow along with process explanation.
    Web link:
  • 80. #5 PhotoPosting Project: Mathematical images
    Mathematics teacher has students connect learning to real world images ( )
    Web link:
  • 81. #5 PhotoPosting Project: Cell Phones & Facebook to Document Everyday Culture
    Psychology teacher in Michigan has students document everyday cultural experiences with cell phone and sends them to class Facebook account.
    Web link:
    Protected in Facebook
  • 82. #5 PhotoPosting 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 teacher’s phone.
  • 83. #5 PhotoPosting Project: Field Trip Documentation
    Physical Education teacher has students’ document their field trip experiences.
    Web link:
  • 84. #5 PhotoPosting Project: Send Videos of Homework to Cells
    Physical Education Teacher in Australia
    Web link:
  • 85. #5 PhotoPosting Project: Documenting Australian Environment
    9th Grade Geography students in Australia
    Web link:
  • 86. #5 Photoblogging Project: iReporting
    Mobile Citizen Journalism
  • 87. #5 Photoblogging Project: iReporting
    Mobile Journalism
    High School Students Document Inauguration
    Tools: Flickr, Twitter, YouTube
  • 88. Biology Project with Flickr
    Step 1: Create an account in
    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
    Step 8: Place your image on the Flickr Map in the EXACT location where you found the item (Organize--My Map).
  • 89. #5 Location Mobile Blogging Project: North American Lighthouses
  • 90. #7 Text Message Alerts!
    Sending out mass text messages to large or small groups of people.
  • 91. #7 Text Message Project: Text politicians, ask questions
    Canadian Election
  • 92. #7 Alerts Project: Film on the Fly
  • 93. #7 Text Alert Project: Text-An-Expert
    9th Grade High School Social Studies
    “Who was the first man to walk on the moon”
    Power of Networks in Digital World
  • 94. #7 Mobile novels
    Use a cell phone to write a private or collaborative novel, poem, chapter review, or short story to “publish” on a cell phone.
  • 95. #8 Mobile Novel Project: Cell Phone Bestseller
    Popular in Asia to Read Novels Via Cell.
  • 96. 9th Graders Text Messaging Romeo and Juliet
    • 9th Grade English in Michigan
    • 97. Translating Romeo and Juliet to “text speak”
    • 98. Start in class with translating a few lines to a wiffiti board.
    • 99. Voting on best “translations”
    • 100. Move to Homework
    • 101. Create a whole text message novel of Romeo and Juliet
  • Text Message Shakespeare
    As You Like It
  • 102. Text Message Activity…
    Subscribe to our text mark
    Read the expert from Shakespeare's "As You Like It”
    In 120 Characters or less, send a text message that summarizes Orlando's speech to:
  • 103. #8 Mobile Oral Quiz!
    Send an audio quiz or survey to multiple cell phones at once.
    Receive instant feedback as they take quiz/survey
    Results all compiled in private account.
  • 104. #8 Phonecasting: Listen to Books/Webpages/Blogs/Radio via Cell Phone
    Listen to books, webpages, blogs, and radio on-demand via cell phone. Anytime from anywhere!
  • 105. Listen to Any Podcast or RSS Feed Via Phone
    Get a phone number for ANY Internet podcast
  • 106. Call and Listen to MOMA’s latest galleries
    1 (801) 349-3832
  • 107. #9 Create your own Mobile Review!
    Create ringtones, which can be used for reviews of content.
  • 108. #10 Create your own Periodic Table Ringtone
    Your Assignment:
    Create a "rap" or "song" about a chemical element
    Call our # and Record your song
    Login to our Drop
    Next to drop, click on down arrow
    Select "Send to"---"phone” and Type in your cell phone number
    You should receive your ringtone shortly in a text message
    Open it up
    Save As-- Sound on your phone
    Now it can be a ringtone!
  • 109. #10 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.
  • 110.
  • 111. Geo-Blogging Project: Orienteering
  • 112. 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
    Start with OPTIONAL homework/EC projects outside of classroom.
    Start with what YOU are comfortable with (such as phone call resources like
  • 113. Follow A Teachers Journey
  • 114. Video Tutorials (Podcast, videos, and pictures to private or public drop)
    TextMarks (Text Message Alerts)
    Flickr Mobile (Pictures and Videos)
  • 115. Video Tutorials
    Polleverywhere (Cell phone polling and brainstorming, CPS-clickers)
    Dial2Do (Speech to Text; Listen to webpages; Listen to email/cal….etc)
    Flagr (Location Blogging with Photos and text directly to a map)
  • 116. Video Tutorials
    Wiffiti Tutorial
    Google Voice Tutorial
    Blaster Tutorial