Cell Phone Use in the Classroom

Posted on March 6th, 2012 in Uncategorized by kriddick1908

Using social media, I searched high and low for someone who was brave enough to use a cell phone in the classroom for instruction. I posted the following inquiry via FaceBook:
“Fellow educators: Does anyone know of a teacher who actually uses cell phones in the classroom (i.e. for polls everywhere, iMovie, garageband, video, podcasting, etc.). I know as an RTC, I showed examples and even modeled, but do you know someone who actually uses it? Please inbox me if you do. Thanks.” These are the responses I received:
“No I don’t but you can come show me :D”; ” Me too! I’d like to see the application in my grade/content area. Sounds interesting.”; and “I think they either never thought of it…or are afraid. Mostly afraid…..I know I use it occasionally to trouble shoot the smaRtboard. If smart board support can see what I am talking about, they can help me fix a problem and not call ISD…….it’s been most helpful. But for academics…don’t think I know anyone…great discussion question though.” I also know of a teacher who uses the cell phone to circumvent the blocked webpages in the school district. She uses the phone to tether onto her laptop. Go figure.

Ben Green, teacher and friend, reminded me that he used a cell phone in the classroom for instructional purposes. Listen to the audio attached to learn more. In short, he used it to create podcasts with grade 1 and 7 students. He was quite mindful of CIPA regulations and kept access to these audio recording extremely private, mentioning the use of the private school-based student common drive to store the audio files. I, too, used a cell phone to record this interview. Thanks for listening.
Ben Green Interview-1

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