Smartphones in the
Classroom: A Smart
Justice M. Stamps
Purpose of this training
• Introduce M-Learning (Mobile Learning to the classroom)
• Teach Educators about the benefits of Smartphone Technology
• Create a resource for teachers of successful and useful
smartphone apps for the classroom
• Teach educators how to utilize two effective technology tools:
Edmodo and Pollanywhere
• As we go along, please text your questions to be answered
in our Q & A Session
Log onto Remind101
• Teachers can send or schedule reminders, assignments,
homework, assessments, or motivational messages directly
to students' and parents' phones. Interactions are safe
because phone numbers are always kept private and
messages are one-way only. Teachers, students and
parents can see messages from all classes in one
• Please log onto remind101 to send in questions for the
Q&A session to be answered further along.
• What is Mobile Learning?
• The 2008 Mobile Learning Report defines it as “any activity that allows
individuals to be more productive when consuming, interacting with, or
creating information mediated through a compact digital portable device that
the individual carries on a regular basis, has reliable connectivity and fits in
a pocket or purse” (Wexler et al., p. 7)
• The idea of mobile learning touches on just about every subject that any
technology addresses: social media, digital citizenship, content-knowledge
versus skill-building, Internet filtering and safety laws, teaching techniques,
bring-your-own-device policies, school budgets (Barseghian, 2012).
• What Is Smartphone Technology
• A smartphone (or smart phone) is a mobile phone with more advanced
computing capability and connectivity than basic feature phones.
Smartphone Technology in the
• What does it do?
• Capitalizes on student motivation and gets them to buy into the learning process- STUDENT-
CENTERED LEARNING PROCESS
• What does opportunity does it create?
• Anytime, anywhere learning
• Changes the learning environment from passive to active.
• What can it do?
• Can synchronize with students preferred learning style.
• Why can it work in your classroom?
• Students are comfortable communicating in this manner.
• Less expensive than laptops and other technology with similar capacity.
What teachers think Smartphones in the
classroom will look like…
What Smartphones in the
classroom really looks like…
In a Nutshell…….Smartphone technology in
the classroom is SMART.
What can students do with
Smartphones?• Give instant feedback to their teachers on a topic of study
• Ask questions
• Students can use their cellphone calendar as their daily agenda
• Listen to audio books or audio material of items studying in class.
• Read e-books.
• Access homework assignments online
• Do CRAZY research
• Take photos of white board lessons for future reference or as a
writing/scribe accommodation for students.
• Create a blog
• Take photos of hand outs/assignment sheets - then if they get misplaced the
student has a copy they can download to their computer and reprint.
• Collaborate with their peers on assignments
• Use it as a calculator
Part Two: Smartphone
• Smartphone applications that are beneficial to teachers.
Lets take a look:
• Teachers will engage in familiarizing themselves with Smartphone
apps that are presently on their phones.
• Tomorrow we will focus on two particular applications:
Edmodo and PollAnyhere.
• Please take the time tonight to peruse these websites
as tomorrow’s workshop is strictly application.
Let me know how its going thus far. Take a quick survey
• Take a look at the 50 recommended smartphone apps for Education.
Choose a few that you would like to learn about.