FUN with Cell Phones!

We will all be losing funding, resources, and personnel if the current budget proposals make it through the legislature. How can we keep Texas out of the "Dark Ages" and advancing into the 21st Century? We can use the digital devices that already exist and are readilty available.

First Things First:

(1) Establish a 21st Century Learning Environment (SCANS Skills and Competencies)


A. Digital, Visual, Cultural and Global Awareness

B. Inventive Thinking, Creativity, Curiosity, Higer-Order Thinking and Reasoning

C. Interactive Communication -Social and Personal Responsibility

D. Qualtiy Productivity through Self-Managing, Collaboratrion, and Effective use of Real-World Tools

(2) Embed 21st Century Practice into digital instructional materials for Extending the Learning Environment 24/7.

--Create a Cell Phone accessible Web Page - Example:

Check out the iNACOL Standards: AND

(3) Establish Productivity Rules for the Classroom. Students will inevitably become CONSUMERS on their own, but they often need assistance in becoming PRODUCERS. Education should embrace the idea from Hellen Kellyer, "Humans live to Express Themselves". Expression can be a form of emensely satisfying and engaging productivity if it is channeled through ethical guidelines.

---Discuss recent research on Multi-tasking (while doing school work, driving, walking, communicating). Multi-tasking lowers the quality of each and every task. Example:

texting shopper

Research Conducted by Stanford University: Video Here: Digital Nation Part 3

--- Discuss Productivity versus Consumerism:

---Include Safety versus Gullibility

---Include Copyright and Digital Citizenship

(4) Be Explicit and Go over Cell Phone Use Rules for Each Activity. When will they be utilized, by whom, how, for what purpose, for what length of time? Explicit instructions will help you manage cell phone use. It is better to "see" all cell phones in the room, than to not "see" them and assume they are not being used.

(5) Go over Posting Policies for school activities

(6) Go over Cyberbullying Laws: (H.B. 283; Tex. Educ. Code Ann 25.0342, 37.217, 37.001, 37.083; and SB1725 (pending); Amends the Education code to include electronic means of bullying. Penalty is assigned ) & your district's AUP - Student must use cell phone in the manner established by the teacher

(7) Go over Cell Phone Etiquette and Data Collecting Rules for "in the field" research: How will student collect data (pictures, texts, videos, audio, collaboration, etc) using the cell phone? This is a great opportunity to teach them to become Responsible Digital Citizens. You may wish to set up a Social Contract with students/administrators/parents responsibilities before an activity. You may find these online. Help students to become knowledgeable of their own cell phone plan and to note all "free" services versus "charged" services.

(8) How, when, and where will student display data collected?

--Cell phones do not have to be brought to school. They can be used to "extend" the learning environment by assigning activities outside of the regular school day.

--Don't be afraid to mix and match media from digital cameras, document cameras, netcams, video cameras, and Internet media. Cell phones are often only one piece of the total resource "pie".

QUESTION: How might cell phones support instruction?

--How might cell phones distract from instruction?

--Web 2.0 free services are available for publishing to students. Edublogs, Lulu, iTunesU, and many other sites are available to display student products.

WEB 2.0 TOOLS: This is not an exhausting list. These references are given as examples so you can realize the types of services is available to you for free.

--Cell Phone Podcasting: -- or iTunesU or Dropbox: join Dropbox here-

--Voice Mail, Twitter

--Post Notes -

-- Collaborative Editing Working on it for iPhone...!! - Digitize a book, pamphlet, artwork, poem....get paid

--GPS & Siri


--Mobile Notes:

--Mobile Websites Production: signup and create



--Data Collection: Flora and Fauna Identification Projects, Rock and/or Strata Identification, Cancer Victim Locations, Insect locations, Lake levels over time.

--Language Acquisition Activities: Podcasts of audio & video projects (MP3 publications)

--Flash Cards: Math, Science, Social Studies, Art

--Practicing Music: Upload MP3 to Phone or Dropbox

--Field Trips, Scavenger Hunts, Documentaries, eStorytelling, Book Trailers: using video, audio, or photos (, or or upload to shared network folder.) Upload photos, place in powerpoint, add narration, and convert to video (iSpring) and upload to

-----------Example of eStorytelling:

--Interviews, Radio Broadcasts, Debates


--Skits, Raps, Hand-jive, Poetry, Musical Training, Claymation (animation)

--Geotagging: ( has built in World Map) for field trips, travel experiences,

--Service Projects and Activism Campeigns:


--Assistive Technology:

--Oral History projects ( )

--Content-based Mobile Websites:

--Collaborative content: OR Example PiratePad Assignment:

--Mobile Homework tutor:

--Mobile Survey: - Create a Survey about 21st Century Skills -- See what others know about them.

--Mobile Story Writing:

--Mobile Books: http://booksinmyphone

--Docs to Go and Dropbox:

--Streaming Video Share:

--Mobile TV: (not free)

--Digital Projectors, FAXes, Scanners

--Mobile Storage (Dropbox)

--Mobile "To Do" List with Nozbe and Jott


Very EASY polling of classroom students. Free! Put them in groups with one cell phone in each group. Give them a discussion question. Have them Text the answer to your Poll (supplied by the Website). Easy to follow instructions…. REMEMBER: “IF WE IGNORE THEIR WORLD, THEY WILL IGNORE US! How to teach 21st Century students….help them explain, express, and explore in the real-world.

Suggested Procedure:

1. Teacher will need to create a Cell Phone Poll that has a very thoughtful (higher-order) question. A question that may have multiple correct answer OR no specific answer that is considered the definitive answer.

2. Have all student place their cell phones down on the desk.

3. Place them in groups with only one cell phone used per group. Have them select a group name.

4. Have them discuss the question and negotiate the best answer

5. Require students to give "value added" responses only. They may text their answer with group name attached or their own individual names.

6. After answer appears, discuss the answers.

7. Have each group defend their answer.

Example of a Lesson on Copyright and Citation Guidelines: Value Added Responses were required to follow copyright guidelines:

Give student time to disucss and reflect. This helps change an impulsive answer into a more reflective answer.

Here's Your Poll:




Mobile Learning Resources:

Cell Phone uses in class by students:



Morgan Broyles
May 6, 2010

I am going to try this with my reading class tomorrow! It seems like a great way to start our daily book discussions!

Tiffany Ellis
May 6, 2010

I love it! Tell me how it goes Morgan! I'm trying to figure out how I can tie this in with the mythology lessons we are doing right now.