Know County Schools Relaxing Policy on Cell Phones.

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Knox County Schools Relaxing Policy on Cell Phones.

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New Book! "Cell Phones in the Classroom"

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My new book is coming out this September called Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators ! First it has over 16 different cases of K-12 teachers integrating student's own cell phones into classroom learning. Second, it includes many practical lessons plans to integrate student cell phones (any kind!) There are over 50 FREE web resources featured that couple with cell phones (any kind, not just Smartphones). Finally!

Parent's thoughts on Cell Phones in Learning

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This year the Learning First Alliance and Grunwald Associates, released Living and Learning with Mobile Devices , which looks at how parents feel about children''s cell phone ownership and use. In schools where cell phones were permitted and used for learning, the parents were more positive about cell phones as learning tools compared to those parents whose kids were in schools that did not allow cell phones on campus.

Cell Phones in Education Part 5: Instant Feedback

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Of course, teacher may be very uncomfortable sharing their phone number with students and this is a very legitimate concern. More about this service can be found in my blog post Polling by Cell Phone – Can We Completely By-Pass Clickers? Therefore, everyday tools such as cell phones and text messaging can be utilized to gain that precious feedback required to ensure that students are learning.

Creativity With Cell Phones and Ringtones

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Cell Phones in Education Part 4: Learning on Location

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Disclaimer : While this post presumes the use of a smart phone, and while it is true that not all students own a smart phone, with the current shift toward smart phones, soon, smart phones will be as prevalent as cell phones are today. This is where the mobile phone comes into play. GPS locators found in many of today’s mobile phones allow students to explore their surroundings while also applying mapping skills.

A New Series: Cell Phones in Education

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That device is the cell phone. Firstly, using cell phones in schools is a highly controversial political issue in today’s climate. Secondly, unlike the iPod, cell phones range widely in type, form, and functionality. Tags: tools mobilelearning Mobilelearner cell phones differentiatedinstruction digital culture cell_phone Cell Phones in Education education

Cell Phones in Education Part 1: Productivity

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As I stated in an earlier blog post , I an beginning a new series on using cell phones in learning to go along side my iPods in Education series. I hope through this series of blog posts to provide practical ways teachers and students can use cell phones to help kids learn as a way to challenge the standard bias that cell phones are a useless distraction in the classroom. That is to use a cell phone for personal productivity.

Cell Phones in Education Part 2: Assistive Technology

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Connecting back to a previous blog post where I was musing on the difference between Differentiated Instruction and Universal Design for Learning , we can see that today’s cell phones are adding more functionality and are designed with the spirit of Universal Design in mind. Let’s take the voice dialing feature on most cell phones as an example. Another example is a voice note feature found on some of today’s smart phones.

CBC’s Spark: Interview on Using Cell Phones in the Classroom

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Click the link below to listen to the March 17, 2010 episode of CBC’s Spark where Nora Young interviews Marie Bjerede on how several North Carolina schools are working to incorporate cell phones into daily classroom instruction to increase student engagement and collaboration: Link to the episode on CBC’s Spark website: [link]. Direct link to the audio file: Full Interview: Marie Bjerede on cell phones in the classroom.

TextClues.A Scavenger Hunt for Cell Phones

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It is a very simple way to create SMS text message scavenger hunts for any cell phone. I have been reviewing a new resource called TextClues. What I like about the resource is that it is much less complicated than a SCVNGR type resource and the teacher can preset the hunt and then the students can text into a simple keyword code to begin their hunt. Simple, simple! My only negative: it is not free. I wish they had an educator version with some free options. Right now it costs 14.99

Persuasive Video on Cell Phones and Schools

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The goal is to give a perspective of educational history and technology, where common technology tools (such as a chalkboard or pen or even Internet) were once banned and labeled "harmful" as we are doing with cell phones. I created this video for my presentation at the MACUL conference tomorrow in Grand Rapids, MI. I would love some feedback on it.

Cell Phones in Education Part 3: Capturing the Moment

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Even today’s basic cell phones come with cameras and voice recorders with some models even having decent video recorders. Students can use the multimedia tools already built into today’s cell phone to gather a variety of evidence in a variety of forms for their school work. If a student doesn’t have a cell phone or doesn’t want to use it, that’s OK. Today’s cell phones are no longer just talk and text devices.

Our Cell Phones, Ourselves

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Thanks to Andy Mann for pointing me to this TED video called Our Cell Phones, Ourselves. The presenter Jan Chipchase (a Nokia researcher) really connects cell phones with global survival and mobile identity. Connection to the K-12 Classroom: I see this presentation as a reason for cell phone integration. There are many examples of cell phones being used globally for education, communication, collaboration, and even survival.

Our Cell Phones, Ourselves

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Thanks to Andy Mann for pointing me to this TED video called Our Cell Phones, Ourselves. The presenter Jan Chipchase (a Nokia researcher) really connects cell phones with global survival and mobile identity. Connection to the K-12 Classroom: I see this presentation as a reason for cell phone integration. There are many examples of cell phones being used globally for education, communication, collaboration, and even survival.

New Book! "Cell Phones in the Classroom"

Cell Phones in Learning

My new book is coming out this September called Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators ! First it has over 16 different cases of K-12 teachers integrating student's own cell phones into classroom learning. Second, it includes many practical lessons plans to integrate student cell phones (any kind!) There are over 50 FREE web resources featured that couple with cell phones (any kind, not just Smartphones). Finally!

Cell Phones for PreSchool?

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Journal had an article recently about a research study being conducted with cell phones and preschoolers! PBS teamed up with Sprint to create "software" for parent's cell phones. While immediately I was shocked by this, I realized that all toddlers love playing with button devices (such as cell phones and remote controls). It seems this research study has successfully shown that cell phones can aid in young children learning their abc's

Cell Phones for PreSchool?

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Journal had an article recently about a research study being conducted with cell phones and preschoolers! PBS teamed up with Sprint to create "software" for parent's cell phones. While immediately I was shocked by this, I realized that all toddlers love playing with button devices (such as cell phones and remote controls). It seems this research study has successfully shown that cell phones can aid in young children learning their abc's

Cell phone software created for visually impaired learning.

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A new software has been developed for cell phones by K-NFB Reading Technology and the National Federation of the Blind, in order to help visually impaired people "see". It allows you to take a picture of an item and then your cell phone will read the item and it's label information to you. For example, you could take a cell phone picture of the tea bags in a hotel room to find out which is caffeinated.

SCVNGR: Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt Builder!

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Most of the scavenger hunt type applications online only use smartphones, so it is fantastic to come across one that is more accessible (since over 60% of cell phone users still have basic phones). Thank you to Jeffrey Branzburg for pointing me towards a resource called SCVNGR. In SCVNGR you can participate in or create your own mobile scavenger hunts.

New Statistics on Teen Cell Phone Use

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CTIA-The Wireless Association® in conjunction with Harris Interactive has released some new research on cell phone use by teenagers (Release: September 12th, 2008). There were 100 questions about cell phones, perceptions, and attitudes. Below I have highlighted some interesting findings 57% agree or somewhat agree that the cell phone has improved their quality of life. 63% want cell phones to bring the world closer by better understanding global issues.

Museum Mobile Tours and Cell Phones

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Museums have started to take advantage of the growing number of people with cell phones, by providing self-paced tours on cell phones. Museum patrons can dial a number and instantly get an audio tour (some even have image and video options for cell phones that can handle those types of media). A few resources online that provide this service (for a fee) include Museum411 , Guide by Cell , and Spatial Adventures (free 30 day trial).

Cell Phone Video Production

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One of the latest cell phone options is video recording. while the videos recorded on cell phones today are fairly short (usually 30 seconds to a minute) and the quality is not nearly as decent as a good digital camcorder, I believe this is changing. In the next year or so, we will have much better quality camcorders in cell phones. Therefore we should consider options on using cell phone as camcorders for learning.

Cell Phone Video Production

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One of the latest cell phone options is video recording. while the videos recorded on cell phones today are fairly short (usually 30 seconds to a minute) and the quality is not nearly as decent as a good digital camcorder, I believe this is changing. In the next year or so, we will have much better quality camcorders in cell phones. Therefore we should consider options on using cell phone as camcorders for learning.

Cell Phones = School Safety?

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NPR has a nice "all things considered" broadcast concerning cell phones in schools. While this broadcast is from 2002, I believe it is extremely relevant for today's controversies over cell phones in schools. The broadcast focuses on the administrative benefits of students bringing their cell phones to school by citing both student and parent "safety" concerns.

Cell Phones = School Safety?

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NPR has a nice "all things considered" broadcast concerning cell phones in schools. While this broadcast is from 2002, I believe it is extremely relevant for today's controversies over cell phones in schools. The broadcast focuses on the administrative benefits of students bringing their cell phones to school by citing both student and parent "safety" concerns.

PowerPoint for Cell phones!

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A really neat idea created by Doug Belshaw is to convert your PowerPoint to a mobile Ready device such as a cell phone. I would only extend the tutorial by saying that once you convert the slides, you can use an easy free uploading site such as cellfish to send them to your cell phone. You could also use this concept to create charts and graphs to be read on cell phones.

PowerPoint for Cell phones!

Cell Phones in Learning

A really neat idea created by Doug Belshaw is to convert your PowerPoint to a mobile Ready device such as a cell phone. I would only extend the tutorial by saying that once you convert the slides, you can use an easy free uploading site such as cellfish to send them to your cell phone. You could also use this concept to create charts and graphs to be read on cell phones.

Mathematics by Cell Phone!

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Michal Yerushalmy who developed a " mobile math lab " program that allows collaboration of mathematics on cell phones. The program is free and can be installed on most cell phones. The program turns cell phones into mini mathematic computers, where students can conduct activities such as graphing, modeling, functions, and quadrilaterals. Even better, You do not need to have a fancy smart phone in order to use these programs!!

Mathematics by Cell Phone!

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Michal Yerushalmy who developed a " mobile math lab " program that allows collaboration of mathematics on cell phones. The program is free and can be installed on most cell phones. The program turns cell phones into mini mathematic computers, where students can conduct activities such as graphing, modeling, functions, and quadrilaterals. Even better, You do not need to have a fancy smart phone in order to use these programs!!

Update: Polling by Cell Phone - Can We Completely By-Pass Clickers?

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As the break-neck speed at which development of digital technology continues to take place, and considering that my November 27, 2007 blog post titled “Polling by Cell Phone - Can We Completely By-Pass Clickers?&# is currently my most viewed post, I decided to share an update concerning the use of a cell phone, and now even an iPod Touch, as a clicker.

NPR: Capturing Cell Phone Culture

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NPR has a program called Cell Phones: Talking, Texting. This program examines cell phone culture around the world. One very interesting recent broadcast was titled Three Generations' Views on Cell Phones. A 14 year old, a mom, and a grandmother in one family talk about their views on cell phones. NPR also posted some statistics of how quickly cell phone use has chanced in the United States over the last year(s).

NPR: Capturing Cell Phone Culture

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NPR has a program called Cell Phones: Talking, Texting. This program examines cell phone culture around the world. One very interesting recent broadcast was titled Three Generations' Views on Cell Phones. A 14 year old, a mom, and a grandmother in one family talk about their views on cell phones. NPR also posted some statistics of how quickly cell phone use has chanced in the United States over the last year(s).

Every time a cell phone rings, a student gets an instant unit review!

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One way that cell phones can be utilized without having them inside of the classroom, is by developing projects for the cell phone. One project could be to have students' create unique ringtones for their own phone or to share with others. Using a free web resource called Ring Blender , students can actually compose, mix, and share their ringtones to their cell phone directly from the Ring Blender website.

Uploading movies to Cell Phones.

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While there are many sites that allow you to download images and video from your cell phone, such as YouTube, Eyespot, Flickr, Facebook, or MySpace, less commonly known are websites that allow you to upload images, sound, and video into your cell phone. One of the reasons is that cell phones are more particular about the file types that they accept (for example to view a movie on a cell phone it must be a 3G format, not the common.mov or.wmv file types).

Uploading movies to Cell Phones.

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While there are many sites that allow you to download images and video from your cell phone, such as YouTube, Eyespot, Flickr, Facebook, or MySpace, less commonly known are websites that allow you to upload images, sound, and video into your cell phone. One of the reasons is that cell phones are more particular about the file types that they accept (for example to view a movie on a cell phone it must be a 3G format, not the common.mov or.wmv file types).

Call to Record: Easy cell phone or landline recording

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Call to Record allows 30 minute of free recording time from any cell phone or landline. I have been playing with a website called Call to Record. It is similar to Google Voice or the old Drop.io. It is completely private and you can download or share your audio recording at your discretion. Unlike Google Voice where you only get about 5 minutes of recording time, you can have up to 30 minutes. It is very simple to use, just dial a number.

Straight Talk only? Owning more than 1 cell phone

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Numerous individuals utilize a second cell phone to keep photographs and instant messages private. Straight Talk wireless says that most of their customers have one phone only. Ninety percent of American grown-ups have a cellphone, and 58% own a cell phone, as indicated by the Pew Research Center.

Saving money with Straight Talk using coupons for cell phones

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Using a cell phone while shopping through coupons can spare you a considerable measure of cash, however it can likewise take a great deal of vitality. The capacity to transfer, “clasp,” and output coupons straightforwardly on your cell phone can make the procedure significantly more proficient. In the event that you write “coupon” into your cell phone’s application store, you’re certain to get many returns.

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Ideas on how to teach young children cell phone etiquette/safety

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I decided to write this blog because we seem to be ignoring some important statistics when it comes to cell phones and young children. According to the Yankee Group (2006) survey by 2010 54% of tweens ages 8-12 will have a cell phone. Additionally many phone companies such as Leapfrog are creating "starter phones" for younger kids with parent controls. We often wait until kids have cell phones before we start talking with them (if we talk to them??)

New Research on Teens and Cell Phones and What it Means for BYOD Schools

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PEW has just released a new study about teenagers (13-17 year olds) and their cell phone use and ownership. Digital Divide: Access/Wealth 73% of teenagers (with phone) own or have access to a smartphone 27% of teenagers (with phone) own a featured phone (no Internet) Wealthier teenagers more likely to use SnapChat or WhatsApp over Facebook to socialize, while less wealthy more likely to use Facebook.

Reference Software for Cell Phones

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Using Mobile Query , teachers and students can load free reference software onto any cell phone. By loading this software onto students' cell phones, their mobile devices immediately become a reference tool for driving, English language skills, and even business. They can receive immediate updates via cell phone with the Mobile Query stock quote software.