Today we are going to look at where we were, where we are and where we are going when it comes to technology in the classroom as well some of the tricks and treats that can be used in the classroom using cell phones. As we begin we need to come to the realization that EVERYONE is going mobile and schools are no different Schools however have a number of challenges in front of the them when it comes to staying up with the technology advancements, and we will take a look at some of thos challenges today. Finally we will take a look at some of the tools that are available and can be used in the classroom that will further increase student participation and improve the students “success”
Today we are going to look at where we were, where we are and where we are going when it comes to technology in the classroom. As we begin we need to come to the realization that EVERYONE is going mobile and schools are no different Schools however have a number of challenges in front of the them when it comes to staying up with the technology advancements, and we will take a look at some of thos challenges today. Finally we will take a look at some of the tools that are available and can be used in the classroom that will further increase student participation and improve the students “success”
THESE ARE APPROXIMATE NUMBERS When we look at how technology has evolved 10 years ago the technology was centered around computer labs and library systems and due to the newness of wireless technologies, schools didn’t have the knowledge or funding to introduce mobile technology except in smaller initiatives. 5 years later, the technology became more of a standard, teacher laptops were introduced as a focused 1 to 1 initiative. Additionally, older desktops in laps were distributed to the classrooms and replaced with wireless computer labs. These COWS provided students improved access to technology and provided schools with more classroom space to keep the student teacher ratio acceptable. Over the last 2 years, we have seen the COWS go through a remodel in the form of tablets and smaller mobile devices. Laptops that were once in the COW are not replacing the bulky classroom desktops and being distributed to students in one to one initiatives.
With the move to Mobile Technologies, has uncovered a number of challenges schools are facing. Availability and cost – Technology is more available now than it has been, but the challenge is centered more around a BYOD initiative. Not all students have access to a mobile device and providing mobile devices is not always an option for schools with limited funding. Curriculum – Introducing the mobile technology tools into the classroom curriculum has not been adapted to state and federal education standards. As a result, curriculum specialist and teachers are focusing their attention on tools that are directly related. Technical Support – Schools and District IT Support teams are so focused on CIPA compliancy and data resource availability, that supporting mobile devices outside the infrastructure becomes a major challenge. BYOD initiatives are met with security scrutiny and managing cell phone or tablet technology from both a hardware and network standpoint puts Support teams in a difficult position to maintain the devices and protect them from online attacks and physical loss or damage. When you look at all of these factors administrators, directors and principals are very hesitant to consider these types of new initiatives. Adjusting the AUP also become a challenge because school technology usage procedures can be different based on the focus areas of the schools (vocational, magnet/ focused arts, technology programs, etc)
Share research data not to convince to use cell phones but to arm you with data to inform stakeholders and admins to revise AUPs to allow cell phones to be used as instructional tools in the classroom
Cell Phone Tricks and Treats - DEN Fall Virtual Conference
Cell Phone Tricks and
Kim Caise, NBCT,
Cell Phone Tricks and
Where we were.
Treats Where we are . Where we are going.
Everyone is going mobile.
Schools have moved as well
Challenges of going mobile in the classroom.
How do we move forward
A look at some of the online resources
Mobile device trends
School distribution of technology devices
Challenges of Going Mobile
How are students using cell phones?
use social networks
•55% share photos
•30% share personal
•26% post comments on sites
•15% have personal websites
•15% are constant remixers
They also use cell phones to…
validation (Am I Pretty?)
•Post damaging pictures
•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.
•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
- Presentation by Liz Kolb
Acceptable Use Policy
The Good, the bad, and the ugly
Be certain that your campus/district’s
AUP allows for the use of mobile
device including cell phones.
If not, let these ideas and lessons open
the doors and serve as models lessons
for your principal, district officials, IT
Be BRAVE and an advocate for your
students when necessary and possible!
We know advantage of stringent AUPs and other
they have them…
Businesses are taking
The fear of introducing new technologies
These tools are very simple to use
and can jazz up lessons and your
students enthusiasm and
Instead of the “old standard” of
paper and pencil, you can do the
same thing with a mobile device.
Instead of tuning out let’s make
students tune IN, by using cell
phones and tablets to engage the
students with a new way to deliver
content in an exciting way.
We know about these…
Some of the more popular sites
Many schools are active participants.
School District IT departments block these sites.
Most infected web sites on the Internet.
Many sites are blocked thinking the district is complying with
Scan or generate codes associated with any URL
Showcase student work, announce campus events,
or share classroom/school newsletters
I-nigma for qr code http://www.i-nigma.com
Microsoft tags http://gettag.com/mobi
What do Mobile Devices
Look Like In the Classroom?
Get out your phones… Time to Play and Discover some Tricks and Treats!
Multiple choice options only
Class polling option
No limit of responses
Generates a QR code
for each poll
Do you use polling in your
classroom with students?
A. Yes, sure do!
B. No, not yet!
C. What is polling?
2. Enter code 79 38 69
3. Select your answer.
•Record, save and share audio files
•Accessible on many mobile devices
•Free account is limited to 3 minutes per Boo
•Follow and subscribe to other audioBoo-ers’ channels
•Link your Boo to many online platforms
•Add music, video clips, sound clips,
text, etc. to different points on an
•Share images via facebook, blogs, or
other social media sites
•Follow channels and tell stories with
•Store an unlimited number of
images with a teacher account
•Students need an email address and
there are some limitations to several
students editing the same image
•Use any type of device including web browsers to access
•Store notes and search notes using keywords
•Store pictures, documents, emails, etc. and
send/share to your Evernote account via an
Evernote email address
•There is so much more to explore using
Evernote including apps from the ‘trunk’
for free to enhance using Evernote
•Save any type of file (documents, images, video)
•Share files or folders and access from cell
•Upload and download items at will
•Create class folders and share and post to the
•Free to use!
•(Right now Glide is offering 50GB of space)
App is about connecting with others
Educationally great for connecting
on a field trip or field experience
Activity where everyone is spread
out helps guide someone to you if
Turn off Mob when not using app or
out in field
Group texting that is secure and
You can poll your groups
with no member limit
No downloads, free and
students can take notes and
quickly send to a group
Join groups based on topics,
hashtags, keywords, etc.
Phone numbers are
Join group using a
code after calling
Send messages from
Create musical slideshows using uploaded
photos from a computer or cell phone.
Videos can be viewed on a cell phone.
Teachers’ account can create unlimited
videos, no time limit and download the
videos for offline use for free
Add your own images demonstrating how to
solve a problem or narrate how to find ‘X’.
Runs on tablets, smartphones and
Teachers login and select
Students login and interact
with the content
Import and share quizzes with other
Limited to 50 users per activity
Assessment tool that allows you
to poll the class and seek
responses that are open ended
Some language translation is
available on questions
Students are able to draw
responses to quiz questions
Compatible with iOS, Android
and desktop and laptop
Free personal account or $79/year
or $15/month for 50 student accounts
Comment using computer microphone, cell phone or typed text
Take and upload images using cell phone of a math process
•DEN Student Board Builder
Access from most mobile
Students login and create a
Student Board with images,
videos, text or clip art as
directed by the teacher.
Themes and decorative items
can be used to personalize
Assignment created in Teacher
Google Lit Trips/
Google Earth, Trip It, History Pin, or
Mapquest to tell a story locating places
on a map featured in story
Variety of map apps for all types of
mobile devices to tell story and
indicate route featured in a novel study
or historical event
Use GPS feature to locate geocaches or
describe locations featured on a map
Layer items called ‘auras’ and link
using the Aurasma app
The app is also used to view the
the auras and may be used with
Android or iOS devices
Link videos, webpages, images to
an image by placing a marker on
an image and viewing the ‘aura’
created with the Aurasma app
Sounds complex but is easy to