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    1. 1. Harness the Power of Cell Phones<br />Tamara Cox, Palmetto Middle School<br />
    2. 2. Video<br />Youtube: Mobile Technologies<br />
    3. 3. The World is MobileIt’s not IF we will use cell phones in class, it’s WHEN.<br />75% of all kids age 12-17 own a cell phone<br />Almost 50% of middle and high school students <br /> own a smart phone<br />Children under 12 are the fastest growing segment <br /> of mobile users<br />Almost 60% of teens reported sending and <br /> receiving text while in class<br />“Within five years, every K-12 student in America<br /> will be using a mobile handheld device as part of learning.”<br />YET “Over 70% of US schools ban cell phones”<br />
    4. 4. Is it worth it?<br />Pros<br />Cons<br />Flexibility<br />Affordable<br />Most students have their own device<br />Portable<br />“anywhere, anytime” learning<br />Reach underserved children<br />Enables a personalized learning experience<br />Student’s choice in device<br />Some students do not have one.<br />Classroom distraction.<br />Potential for unethical behavior (cheating)<br />Privacy concerns<br />Health concerns<br />Teacher & Admin attitudes- many still see as distraction<br />
    5. 5. Lesson Ideas<br />
    6. 6. Lesson Ideas<br />
    7. 7. Ten Building Blocks for Learning with Cell Phones<br />6. Partnering with Students to Use Cells for Learning<br />7. Parent/guardian Permission<br />8. Acceptable Use<br />9. Cell Phone Etiquette<br />10. Classroom Management<br />Build Relationships <br />Embrace Research<br />Plan Activities<br />Pilot Program<br />Access for All<br />
    8. 8. Real World Examples<br />Project K-Nect- Several NC schools participated to reach at risk math students. Overall, proficiency rates increased by 30% for students using the mobile devices.<br />St. Mary’s Schools: Every 3rd -5th grader receives a mobile device for learning since 2008.<br />Many more examples overseas.<br />
    9. 9. Apps for Teachers<br />
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    11. 11. Resources<br />The Ten Building Blocks for Learning with Cell Phones: http://www.techlearning.com/article/35696<br />Mobile Learning Lesson Plans: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=766<br />Mobile Learning Technologies for 21st Century Classrooms: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3754742<br />TXtn N D Library: Ideas for Librarians: http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2010/11/txtn-n-d-library-ideas-for-librarians.html<br /><ul><li>Shuler, Carly Ed.M. (January 2009) Industry Brief: Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children's Learning
    12. 12. Fredrick, Kathy. “Calling All Cell Phone Users! “ School Library Monthly, Vol 27, No. 6, March 2011.
    13. 13. Will Smart Phones Eliminate the Digital Divide?: http://thejournal.com/Articles/2011/02/01/Will-Smart-Phones-Eliminate-the-Digital-Divide.aspx?Page=3
    14. 14. “Get Smart: Using Mobile Apps to Improve Your Teaching.”: http://www.nea.org/home/41992.htm
    15. 15. “100 Mobile Tools for Teachers”: http://cellphones.org/blog/100-mobile-tools-for-teachers
    16. 16. “Cell Phones in the Classroom”: http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/03/cell-phones-in-classrooms.html
    17. 17. “Going Mobile: Debating and Using Cell Phones in School.”: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/going-mobile-debating-and-using-cellphones-in-school/
    18. 18. “Why Mobile is a Must.”: http://thejournal.com/Articles/2011/02/08/Why-Mobile-Is-a-Must.aspx?Page=1
    19. 19. “E-Rate Revision Supports Cell Phones.”: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/newsletters/newsletterbucketextrahelping/887213-443/e-rate_revision_supports_cell_phone.html.csp
    20. 20. “From Cell Phone Skeptic to Evangelist”: http://www.districtadministration.com/viewarticle.aspx?articleid=2200
    21. 21. “Cell Phones as Teaching Tools.”: http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct10/vol68/num02/Cell-Phones-as-Teaching-Tools.aspx
    22. 22. “Mobile Learning: Not Just Laptops Anymore”: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/02/25/mobile-learning-not-just-laptops-any-more/10/?
    23. 23. “It’s not a question of it, but when your school will allow cell phones for learning.”: http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-not-question-of-if-but-when-your.html</li>