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  • In order for teachers to tap into the everyday technology, media knowledge, and tools of students, they must believe that everyday technologies can improve student learning. Most teachers do not currently hold this belief.
  • (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. Also in How Students Learn,Bransford
  • 70% of schools have policy against cell phones
  • Project Tomorrow 2010
  • 2005 study follow up 2009 British Academy at Coventry Univ. phonological awareness
  • Motivational phraseBest teaching advice
  • Lynn Sullivan
  • PEW 2009
  • 4th grade'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
  • Liz Kolb Mame

    1. 1. Cell Phones:EducationTechnology andLearningLiz’s Mobile BusinessCardSend a new text: Liz Kolb, Ph.D.50500 University of MichiganIn message: elikeren@umich.edukolb Twitter: @Lkolb Presentation Link:
    2. 2. Scavenger Hunt Qrcode PollingAround Room… Use your cell phone bar code scanner to scan some barcodes and answer some poll questions!
    3. 3. Don’t have a Smartphone to readQRcodes? 
    4. 4. Create QR Polls and Surveys
    5. 5. Agenda Background…‖How I Changed My Mind About Cell Phones‖ Activities  Text Message Only  Media  Voice Step by Step Integration and Safety Improving on Traditional Learning with QRcodes
    6. 6. Send a new text to:37607In Message:Number associated with answer
    7. 7. Classroom technology requested by new teachers 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 % of New Teachers 10 0
    8. 8. % of new teachers who would like technologyin their hands of the students 90 80 70 60 50 40 % of New Teachers 30 20 10 0 Tech. NOT w/ Tech. W/ Students students
    9. 9. Teacher Beliefs Impede the Use ofEveryday Technology Tools Beliefs are a strong indicator of future behaviors (Pajares, 1992). Teacher beliefs are formed through life experiences such as cultural, work-related, and academic encounters (Rokeach, 1972; Nespor, 1987; Raths, 1997; Bruner, 1996).  Most of today’s teachers and preservice teachers did not grow up with models of everyday technologies in their own education.  3% of the 264 teachers interviewed in the PBS survey thought cell phones could have educative benefit (Levine, et al 2008).
    10. 10. ―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
    11. 11. Complexities of Technology inEducation Access Cost vs. Benefit Lack of Research to Demonstrate Effectiveness Lack of PD for teachers
    12. 12. Complexities of Technology inEducation Access Cost vs. Benefit Lack of Research to Demonstrate Effectiveness Lack of PD for teachers
    13. 13. Cost of Using Student’s OwnTechnology Free!
    14. 14. Complexities of Technology inEducation Access Cost vs. Benefit Lack of Research to Demonstrate Effectiveness Lack of PD for teachers
    15. 15. Coventry University: Research on cell phones inlearning 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‖"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.‖
    16. 16. Chester NY Middle School  Kids who used their cell phones to boil down the main points of the stanzas got 80% of the questions about a poem correct on a state test.  Kids taught the same poem in the traditional way – reading, reciting and discussing – got only 40% of the questions right.
    17. 17. Complexities of Technology inEducation Access Cost vs. Benefit Lack of Research to Demonstrate Effectiveness Lack of PD for teachers
    18. 18.  t=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=636 7021
    19. 19. No Cell Phone? Use iPodiTouch Tiny URL  Web access  Need Wifi  Can do a lot off line with Apps Free Texting Apps  Text for Free
    20. 20. Text Messaging (SMS ONLY)
    21. 21.
    22. 22. O is for Overview. Conduct a brief overview of the main subject of the visual.P is for Parts. Scrutinize the parts of the visual. Note any elements or details that seem important.T is for Title. Read the title or caption of the visual (if present) for added information.I is for Interrelationships. Use the words in the title or caption and the individual parts of the visual to determine connections and relationships within the graphic.C is for Conclusion. Draw a conclusion about the meaning of the visual as a whole. Summarize the message in one or two sentence
    23. 23. Your autobiography in 6 words polls/MTQ2NjM0MTczNASend text to 22333 In text type 48813 then 6 words
    24. 24. 6 Word Memoirs  /ODg2ODQwNDYw/results
    25. 25. Text Message Alerts!Sending out FREE mass text messages to large or small groups of people. (one way messaging uses phone numbers) (2 way messaging uses phone numbers) OR (2 way messaging uses short codes)
    26. 26. Text on the Fly Activity! Follow directions in your text
    27. 27. Summer Text Program: ―LearningDoes Not Take A Vacation‖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
    28. 28. Text a Quiz or Study Cards 
    29. 29. Follow Experts on Twitter viaSMSTo Follow via SMS send: ―follow @twitterid‖ to 40404 (no twitter account needed) Politicians  Breaking News (CNN, NPR…) Authors  Scientists  Historians Send ―follow lkolb‖ to 40400
    30. 30. Multimedia ProjectsPictures, Videos, Voice and Text
    31. 31. Connecting Math to EverydayExperiences http://bigmacmath.wikispace
    32. 32. Posting a picture (using an emailaddress) from a basic phone Add a new contact in your phone Name the contact Add the email address under the email option ( SAVE When you send…select the contact to send your picture to.
    33. 33. Send/Store Mobile Pictures andVideos Flickr Mobile Click on Upload by Email
    34. 34. EXAMPLE: Mobile Podcasting Project: Field TripsHigh 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 at
    35. 35. iReporting
    36. 36. Tumblr in ClassroomGeology Rocks!
    37. 37. Mobile BloggingTumblr Phone call, picture, text or video post directly to blog Goodies TumblriPod App too!
    38. 38. Voice and Phone Calling
    39. 39. Murmur Oral History Project
    40. 40. Mobile Podcasting Project: AuthorStudyMiddle School 6th- 7th GradeUsed: http://hipcast.comWeb link: 07/author-blog- 6.html
    41. 41. Homework: Poem in Your Pocket http://emsdigitalpoetry +in+Your+Pocket+Da y Middle School English Poetry Via Phone e
    42. 42. Mobile Podcasting Project: ConnectingAlgebra to Real WorldHigh School AlgebraUsed http://yodio.comWeb link: m/yo.aspx?cardId= LvAhgDUPZd6UbBg sTMN2aC
    43. 43. Geograffiti: VoiceMarks on Map
    44. 44. Conference Recording http://Freeconferencep Record up to 250 people on one phone call at one time. Bring in experts! Record group discussions for HW Record Open House Hold a 19th Century Salon
    45. 45. iPadio: Phonecasting   Create personal podcasts (public or private)  Attach to any blog  RSS feeds  No time limit  Free!
    46. 46. 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. (734) 408-4495
    47. 47. Google Voice for Vocabulary
    48. 48. PodcastActivity: NPR ―This I Believe…‖10th Grade EnglishWrote their ownThis I BelieveRecorded for HW viaCell PhoneSubmitted BEST toNPRFocus: SpeakingSkills, PersuasiveWritingSkills, Editing Skills
    49. 49. Free Call Recording with Rondee
    51. 51. Step 1: Survey students Give Students a Survey
    52. 52. Step 2: Mobile Safety
    53. 53. 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  LG Text Education or That’s Not Cool  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
    54. 54. Sexting 17% of teens who pay for the full cost of their phone send sexts versus 3% of others.
    55. 55. "If you take a picture, you can be accused ofproducing child pornography; if you send it tosomebody, you can be accused of distributingchild pornography; and if you keep a picture, youcan be accused of possessing childpornography. Anywhere along this chain oftransmission of the images, you can be charged as aregistered sex offender."-Parry Aftab, an Internet privacy and security lawyer.
    56. 56. Dangers of Texting and Driving 34% texting teens ages 16-17 say they have texted while driving. 52% of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. 48% of all teens ages 12-17 say they have been in a car when the driver was texting 40% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.
    57. 57. PSA: Texting While Driving Lesson Activity 1: Take Quiz  Are you a distracted driver? Show Videos  New-Deadly-Obsession-Partial-Episode-Video  Students in Groups  Identify key risk behaviors in distracted driving (text to interactive board)  Share with the class
    58. 58. Texting Location SafetyPhone apps have location featureTypically, the subscriber mustgive permission and the cellphone must be enabled fortracking. Consult with yourservice providers for more detail.Some apps are very persistentand you have to turn them offafter download…settings
    59. 59. Smartphone Location Tracking
    60. 60. Texting and Bullying When kids receive harassing or inappropriate text messages, there are several things they can do: •Never, ever respond to the message sender. •Report it as soon as possible to a trusted adult (and if that person doesn’t help, tell others until someone does). •Save or print the message to keep a record, then delete it from the phone. •Only keep contact information of close friends and family in their address book. •Talk to their wireless provider about how they can help (such as blocking the messages or changing their number).
    61. 61. Step 3: Social Contract
    62. 62. Tips for Social Contract 1. 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). 2. 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.) 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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.
    63. 63. 5 Rules for Cell Phones in SchoolsSet 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)
    64. 64. Step 4: Permission Form
    65. 65. Sample Permission Form
    66. 66. 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 ( ). 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:8:00-9:009:10-10:102:10-3:10
    67. 67. 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.
    68. 68. 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.
    69. 69. 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 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
    70. 70. 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 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 projectI 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 projectI 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
    71. 71. Rules agreed upon by students and teacher1. Cell Phones Must Be on Vibrate at All Times2. 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 instruction3. All mobile messages or media sent from your phone during class MUST be related to the lesson or activity4. If you are referencing someone else in class, you must have their (recorded verbal or written) approval before posting or publishing.
    72. 72. ConsequencesThe student will be asked to write a letter home toyou and explain why they did not follow the rules inclass. They will also be asked to come up with betterclass guidelines around cell phones use in schools sothis does not occur again.I will adhere to the classroom rules for cell phone use___________________________________________________. (student signature)Thank youLiz Kolb
    73. 73. Step 5: Alternatives
    74. 74. 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. Hardcopy options that they hand in to you, and you upload the work to the online resource.
    75. 75. Step 6: Parent Information Night
    76. 76. 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).
    77. 77. Mobile Safety Ideas for Parents (monitor your child’s digital identity). Visit websites that have ideas on how to stay safe via the mobile phone. One example would be Talk to your kids about text bullying and sexting, especially the short- and long-term consequences. Monitor their child’s cell phone use: Who are they texting? Who is texting them? Suggest that everyone’s cell phone stay on the kitchen counter or another centralized place while they’re home. Set rules about the kind of behavior that is and is not acceptable—on a cell phone, or anywhere else. Remind kids of the rules periodically.
    78. 78. Learning Connection IdeasParents Model Appropriate Use: Try not to text or talk on the phone while driving, try to not interrupt conversations or dinners with cell phone activities. Also explain and point out to the children when you are modeling an appropriate use such as, ―I am not answering the phone because we are having a family dinner and I want to give my full attention to my family for this hour.‖ Document Family Activities: Model how to capture pictures or videos of family vacations or family activities via the cell phone. Demonstrate how to capture reactions (via audio recording) to family activities. This is a great way to model data collection in the real world via cell phone. Get involved with the classroom projects: Since parents often have their mobile phones with them all day, they could capture images or send text messages into class for the school assignment along with their children. They could join the class text message alert in order to receive information from the teacher about homework or other class activities.
    79. 79. Improving on Traditional Learning
    80. 80. 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
    81. 81. 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.
    82. 82. Qrcode 2nd Grade Trip to Zoo
    83. 83. Ubu Tour (
    84. 84. Build Your Own QRcodes Bar codes for cell phones, iPods. Take a picture of a bar code and receive information on your phone. Need to download a free reader on your phone or ipod generators/ ote/ Mobile Tag in iTunes
    85. 85. Tag my Doc (
    86. 86. QRVoice (
    87. 87.