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Cell phone trial in school edtechconf

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Cell phone trial in school edtechconf

  1. 1. Cell phone trial in school<br />Pinelands High School<br />Nicole Masureik<br />Twitter: nimming<br />Image CC licenced for reuse by JonJon2kB from Flickr<br />
  2. 2. Why cell phones?<br />Insufficient access to computer labs<br />Most kids have one<br />Can provide 1-on-1 programmes<br />Cheaper than ipads<br />Wanted to know whether they could be used efficiently as a learning tool<br />
  3. 3. Safety and school policy??<br />Phones handed in at reception before school<br />Special tags – all in one box<br />Box collected/ returned by teacher<br />Parental permission forms<br />AUPs<br />Video release forms<br />Blog is closed to public<br />Twitter names designed to be non-identifiable<br />Outside of these lessons, normal sanctions apply if caught with a phone<br />
  4. 4. How did we choose the classes?<br />Two Gd 11 classes (one maths, one LS) <br />Large overlap between pupils in classes<br />Top academics in the school<br />
  5. 5. What are we doing?<br />Twitter backchannel for questions, h/w, activities (different hash tags for each class)<br />Blogging summaries/ solutions/ discussions<br />Voice recordings<br />Video recordings<br />Photo-documenting the lesson<br />Evernote for note-taking<br />
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  9. 9. What have we noticed?<br />Increased energy in lesson<br />Greater participation in lesson<br />Greater collaboration in lesson<br />More questions being asked<br />Questions are broader/ wider/ deeper<br />Lesson format shifting from mainly content delivery to teaching critical thinking skills<br />“Flipped” classroom experience<br />
  10. 10. High points?<br />Interactive lesson from home using Twitter & blogs by sick teacher<br />Creating video summaries of lesson BY pupils FOR pupils<br />Having a backchannel for questions!<br />Pupils have access to teacher after school hours to ask questions (don’t have to wait till next lesson)<br />
  11. 11. Techniques we’ve implemented<br />2nd projector and laptop for Tweetboard<br />Twitter host in every lesson<br />Summariser for every lesson<br />Twitter apps to analyse tweets e.g. Archivist<br />
  12. 12. Results so far?<br />Stats are always misleading…<br />Small sample size<br />Short time period of trial<br />However, LS class appears to have a 4% higher result with phones.<br />Is that statistically significant? Yes.<br />

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