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Cell phones in the classroom? Really?

Find out why and how some teachers are using cell phones in their classrooms.

Alida Hanson

on 13 September 2010

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Transcript of Cell phones in the classroom? Really?

Double click anywhere & add an idea Cell phones in the classroom? Consider these statistics from an April 2010 Pew Internet American Life Project Banning cell phones does not make them go away. I firmly believe that to prepare kids for their future, we need to start speaking the language of kids. They're using this stuff anyway--let's teach them how to use it productively.

--Matt Cook, Math and Science Teacher, Keller ISD (TX) 24% of teens go to schools that forbid them to bring their phones into the building. 65% of teens who own cells at these schools bring them to school, anyway. Not only that, 58% of teens at schools that ban cell phones have texted during class (only 8% less than students at schools that allow cell phones). How are schools using cell phones in the classroom? Making text comments on lessons in real time, while the teacher is presenting information Looking up information on the web and using it to build and contribute to classroom discussion Videotaping small group discussions for teacher evaluation For example, if several book discussion groups are happening at once, the teacher can't follow all of them . If one student from each group videotapes the discussion using a cell phone, the teacher can evaluate each group after the discussions are over. 160 character limit helps students analyze information so they can write concisely and accurately "Professional development is a necessity
for normalizing the idea of classroom cell

--Liz Kolb, author, Toys to Tools: Connecting
Student Cell Phones to Education (ISTE 2008) Cell phones in the classroom. Think about it. Thanks to the following Flickr users for their photographs: shareski,
all utah libraries, JonJon2k8, TommyHuynh, SteveRhodes and ydhsu.


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Web.15 Jul 2010. We have a visceral reaction to cellphones in the classroom: they are disruptive, distracting and have no educational value. Asking questions during the lesson for the teacher or other students to answer by text or voice Making comments on lessons in real time, while the teacher presents information While the teacher presents a lesson on Shakespeare, students take notes on themes by texting to their collaborative study groups. In science class, texting questions and notes will reinforce new vocabulary, which must be used immediately to communicate complex ideas concisely.
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