This book excerpt comes from Liz Kalb's book, Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators. It provides two case studies about individual teachers who successfully used smart phones in class to increase student achievement as well as one lesson plan featuring smart phone use that could be adapted to any subject area. If you like this excerpt, it's worth purchasing the whole book which contains lots more case studies and lesson plans.
Want a quick and dirty guide to apps that can enhance classroom learning? Then this infographic fits the bill. It provides 27 different apps that students can use with their smart phones in class to help them organize their work and engage with the content in high-interest ways.
Let's face it - even when using smart phones for 21st century learning tasks in the classroom, kids will also be tempted to use them not-so-educational reasons from time to time. Therefore, the key to success is integrating the use of cell phones throughout instruction in varied and creative ways. This article provides 25 clever ways to use cell phones in class which will allow students to see them as multidimensional computers useful for a wide variety of educational purposes.
This article provides compelling data on case studies of real schools who have successfully allowed and even encouraged smart phone use in the classroom. It also points out the professional development benefits for teachers who use smart phones outside of instruction on apps like Twitter and other "personal learning networks."
This blog post from the National Education Association covers practical ways for students to maximize the use of smart phones in school. It provides links to numerous apps that will help students stay organized and focused on their work as well as engage with academic material in meaningful ways. Additionally, it provides information about how smart phones can be used as a very effective student response system tool that allows all students to interact with course content.
If you are on board with the concept of having students use smart phones in class but not sure where to start, this article is for you! It's just the first of a two-part series that outlines a whopping 80 different ways to use smart phones in class. It provides links to lots of different apps that allow students to collaborate with each other, create content, and organize materials in a variety of subject areas. After you finish Part 1, be sure to search for Part 2!
This 10-minute video takes a clever look at the evolution of cell phones from banned classroom distractions to welcomed educational tools. By cutting back and forth between funny cartoon clips and serious professional information, this video helps teachers see the potential benefits of using smart phones to enhance student engagement in their regular classes.