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Rethinking Cell Phones in the Classroom

Technology changes at an extraordinary rate allowing past distractions to become today’s teaching tools. It is our job as modern-day educators to discover ways to cultivate available technology for engaging and interactive instruction. The cell phone happens to be a vehicle for this all to occur.
A Collection By Kelly Flynn
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Rethinking Cell Phones in the Classroom
  • Poll Everywhere

    Website
    polleverywhere.com
    polleverywhere.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    Use this application to engage your class in real time activity. Poll Everywhere surveys live audiences through text messaging or the Internet. Their is a free version for teachers, and educators can utilize this app for immediate student feedback using quick quizzes or surveys. Since this tool gathers information instantly and in an engaging way, it deters cheating and off-task behaviors.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    It's hard to discount the allure of Twitter. Being the most popular microblogging site, messages of up to 140-characters can be distributed as tweets through the Twitter website or SMS (short message service) avenues. Use Twitter to remind students of upcoming assignments or to send out quick comments. Hop on board with many middle school and secondary teachers who are transforming classrooms into 'Twitter Spaces' in order to tap into the younger generation's need for immediacy and concision.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Mouse Mischief uses MS PowerPoint 2010 and MS Office PowerPoint 2007 to allow students to answer questions and surveys in real time. Each student needs their own wireless mouse in order to participate. Using the mouse, students click, circle, cross out, or draw answers on the screen to stay actively engaged in the instruction. Go to this link to find a promotional video that does a thorough job of illustrating and describing how this tool could work in your classroom.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    This article is a great read as it digs into the divide created between teachers and digital devices in classrooms. It's a heated issue as the divide is more about a bigger issue in education. This issue involves a shift away from traditional teaching where the teacher is the main facilitator of information to an arrangement where students steer their learning with the use of mobile devices. I highly suggest reading this piece no matter where you place yourself in this divide.
  • Formative

    Website
    goformative.com
    goformative.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    Formative provides a tool to assess and respond to students in real time. Students don't wait for results and guidance as the teacher can provide feedback immediately as they observe students. When students are working, the teacher can respond with a suggestion or remark of encouragement just to that student. The teacher can also post grades for students as they work.
  • Goose Chase

    Website
    goosechase.com
    goosechase.com
    Kelly Flynn says:
    Working on almost any mobile device, Goose Chase let's you arrange a mobile scavenger hunt for your students! This app is free for teachers. They can create scavenger hunts around the school, in the classroom, or even outside. This activity would be perfect to implement on a cold winter day. Students must have an email address to sign in and participate.
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    nea.org

    Using Smartphones in the Classroom

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    Kelly Flynn says:
    Use this article to follow this seasoned history teacher and learn tips to employ mobile-based devices as learning tools. This educator has designed three popular education blogs called “World History Teachers Blog,” “US Government Teachers Blog,” and “US History Teachers Blog”. His blogs are devoted to helping teachers include more technology and device-based learning in their instruction.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Remind is helpful for keeping students and parents organized. They can sign up and receive text reminders from the teacher. Teachers send out reminders about upcoming assignments, tests, and classroom events. If a teacher drives home from work and realizes they forgot to tell the students about tomorrow's special event, this can be quickly solved. The teacher opens Remind on their cell phone and can immediately distribute a message to all students and parents who have subscribed.
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