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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. Finally!

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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. That is to use a cell phone for personal productivity. Cell phones, however, are different.

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.

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.

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

Great Introduction to Cell Phones in Schools

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I found this video on Youtube, I do not know who created the video, but it is a nice introduction to the complexities and current state of cell phones in schools. The creator put together a montage of video clips from TV shows to news broadcasts about using mobile devices in school

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.

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. Finally!

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". 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.

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

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. Teachers could contact a local museum and ask if their students could research and then develop various cell phone audio tours.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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. This is important for BYOD schools keep in mind that about 30% cannot access the Internet through their phone, so plan lessons accordingly!

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.

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?

Cell Phones in Learning

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 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

Cell Phones in Learning

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.

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.

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.

Scavenger Hunt with Cell Phones!

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So I have been thinking about Classroom Performance Systems (often called the "blue clickers" by my student teachers), and wondering if a cell phone can do a similar function. As a result I have come up with an idea for "Cell Phone" scavenger hunt.

Scavenger Hunt with Cell Phones!

Cell Phones in Learning

So I have been thinking about Classroom Performance Systems (often called the "blue clickers" by my student teachers), and wondering if a cell phone can do a similar function. As a result I have come up with an idea for "Cell Phone" scavenger hunt.

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!!

The Future of Cell Phones in Schools.

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You can now purchase a cell phone with a built-in projector. There has been some talk for the last few years about the possibility of cell phones having built-in LCD projectors. What else is coming for cell phones?

The Future of Cell Phones in Schools.

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You can now purchase a cell phone with a built-in projector. There has been some talk for the last few years about the possibility of cell phones having built-in LCD projectors. What else is coming for cell phones?

Facebook Classroom Management & Projects with Student Cell Phones

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His students can use their cell phones to take pictures or videos and send them to his Facebook page. Why I am talking about a social networking site on a cell phones in learning blog?