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Using Mobile Devices

Using mobile devices in the classroom…

Most of us have heard of teachers not allowing cell phones or other mobile devices in the classroom. In today’s classroom, many teachers are changing their tune and now moving towards allowing mobile devices in the classroom. For the same price as a graphing calculator a school district can buy handheld devices that can be used by students for:

• word processing

• online information search and retrieval (including e-books)

• testing in all subjects

• computation

• data acquisition

• visually displaying and processing information

• genuine access to diverse languages and cultures

 Classroom teachers can embrace the digital tools their students have in their pocket.

  •  As a professor leads a class lecture, students can engage by tweeting their reactions and comments right from their phones, which may be displayed on a data projector in real time. The flow of the lecture may continue, but the professor can address comments throughout instruction without stopping or restarting. Students can maintain some anonymity while posing question they may not else inquire.
  • Students may work remotely from home if they are sick. They may work from another classroom with in the school. In-school suspension may very well look differently in the future if students can access their class remotely from another classroom. This could also be something Exceptional Children who are not quite ready to mainstream to a traditional classroom can do.  
  • iPods can be used in the classroom for students to count calories, record themselves reading, listen and analyze music, listen to a famous speech by the spokesperson himself, and even create podcasts helping them review material they have learned in class!

Check out this list of ideas:

 

 

Activity

Digital Device

Application/Software or Website

1.

Create a digital book report

Digital Camera

PhotoStory3

2.

Record observations on a field trip

Digital audio recorder

Audacity

3.

Look up a word in the dictionary/thesaurus

Smartphone or Smartpad

www.dictionary.com

www.thesaurus.com

4.

View your house online

Smartphone or Smartpad

www.vpike.com

Google Earth

5.

Read an eBook

Kindle or eBook device

Online readers

(Check with your media coordinator)

6.

Geocaching

Handheld GPS

www.geocache.com

7.

Create a timeline

Smartphone or

Smartpad

www.timeliner.com

8.

Listen to historic speech

iPod

www.libraryofcongress.com

9.

Practice keyboarding

V-Tech Keyboard

 

10.

Study astronomy

Smartphone or

Smartpad

Google Earth (Google Space)

11.

Create and manage collaborative project

Smartphone or

Smartpad

wikis

12.

Respond to teacher prompt

Smartphone or

Smartpad

blog

13.

Practice Multiplication Tables

Smartphone or

Smartpad

www.honorpoint.com

 

14.

Learn a foreign language

iPod

Rosetta Stone

15.

Check your grades online

Smartphone or

Smartpad

Your teachers online gradebook

16.

Take notes in class

iPod

 

17.

Gather data on temperature, light, voltage, pH, and more

Data probes

 

18.

Graph data

Smartphone or

Smartpad

spreadsheets

19.

Draw

Smartphone or

Smartpad

Kidpix

20.

Take an online class

Smartphone or

Smartpad

 

21.

Respond to teacher lecture

Smartphone

Twitter

22.

Access lesson assignment

Smartphone

Teacher’s website

23.

Use a calculator

Smartphone

 

24.

Read or create a QR code

Smartphone

Google Goggles

25.

Think of your own!

 

 

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