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SmartPhone Apps for Teachers

This is a workshop that will help teachers and students with teaching & learning in the classroom.

Ken Kuhn

on 3 February 2015

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Transcript of SmartPhone Apps for Teachers

SmartPhone Apps That Every Teacher Should Know
To Improve Teaching and Learning
By Ken Kuhn
E-Mail: kenkuhn@shaw.ca
WBEA 2013 Conference--Ogden, Utah
http://prezi.com/znyilgv9xf3p/smartphone-apps-for-teachers/ Cell Phone Usage Policies BYOD Pauline Newton, Presentation High School,
San Jose, California
Absolutely no cell phone use during
the school hours for anyone. Deb Moore, Kellis High School, Glendale, Arizona
Cell Phones not allowed at all…. They should be. Christy Ekroth, David Douglas High School,
Portland, Oregon
The school has a policy of no cell phones from 8:00 a.m. until 2:40 p.m.--the entire school day. Val Lyons, Portage College, Alberta, Canada
In our Business programs, students are only allowed to
use smartphones when/if instructors allow them to. Elaine Stedman, Sidney, Montana
Our school has a no cell phones in the classroom policy but doesn’t seem to mind if teachers choose to use the technology for teachable moments in the classroom.
I do all the time and several other teachers do as well. Jill Morris, Las Vegas, Nevada
At our technical academies they are used regularly in the classroom, both by teachers and students. In comprehensive high schools it will vary by administration and by teachers. For the most part, they are allowable for educational purposes. Darlene Marquardt, Irrigon Elementary/A.C. Houghton Elementary, Irrigon, Oregon
Students are NOT allowed to use their cell
phones during school hours. Chris Liebelt-Garcia, High School, Phoenix, Arizona
They do not really allow cell phones on campus but all the kids use them in the hallway. I don't allow in class unless we are doing that survey app on the Internet. Sarah Hatfield, Notus Junior/Senior
High School, Notus, Idaho
Our policy is no cell phones in the classroom,
however, we have ipads that students can use. Jackie Floetke, Wilson Creek, Washington
In little Wilson Creek, cell phones are not to be
seen during the school day except for the lunch
period and in the Commons (lunch room) Janie McFarland, Conrad High School, Montana
Our district leaves it up to teacher discretion. If the application is related to the class/curriculum, cell phone use is encouraged by most teachers. Janie McFarland, Conrad High School, Montana
“During the instructional day, students will follow the instructions provided by the classroom teacher for appropriate use in that curriculum. Students will either be asked to (1) have their cell phone or electronic device on their desk in plain sight, ready for educational use or (2) have their cell phone or electronic device turned off and stored out of sight.
When used to enhance education, students will be encouraged to use cell phones and electronic devices as they would in a personal or work environment for note taking, reminders, appointments, calculations, translations, e-books, and research.” Cyndi Krebs, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah
Here is a quote about cell phone usage from my university:
“Cell phone conversations should be conducted outside the Library or in areas such as lobbies where no one will be disturbed.”
Faculty and students can use cell phones for educational purposes. Access to Mobile Devices More middle school students are using smartphones to do homework than ever, with 39% of them reporting that they use their phones to complete after-school assignments, according to a new survey, commissioned by the Verizon Foundation. However, only 6% of students say they are allowed
to use the devices in a classroom setting. The survey also shows that smartphone use among middle school students largely transcends racial and socio-economic boundaries, with 49% of Hispanic students, 42% of African-American students, and 36% of white students reporting that they use their smartphones for homework. In addition, 29% of the students from low-income households say they use smartphones to do homework. Results from the survey, which conducted 1000 online interviews with students in grades 6-8, seem to indicate a reluctance among educators to incorporate smartphones into lesson plans, despite increasing use of the devices among students. The report says students who use laptops, tablets,
or smartphones in the classroom are more likely
to be interested in STEM courses. `` ` Polling Evernote Google Earth Google Search Dropbox Mortgages & Loan Calculations Podcasting Evernote turns the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad into an extension of your brain, helping you remember anything and everything that happens in your life. From notes to ideas to snapshots to recordings, put it all into Evernote and watch as it instantly syn-chronizes from your iPhone to your Mac or Windows desktop.
Notes can be text, photo and audio and are auto-synced everywhere, and text in snap-shots are scanned and made magically searchable! Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will auto-matically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go. Not only do you have access to your stuff, it’s always backed up and safe on Dropbox.com. Bring Your Own Device Catching on in Schools Mobile devices are now found in the hands of most children, and school leaders are using that to their advantage by incorporating devices that students
already own into classroom lessons and projects. Concerns remain about students who are unable to purchase or borrow a device for use in the classroom, but districts might find creative ways—such as asking local businesses or community organizations for help—to provide devices in such instances. With access issues in mind, allowing students to bring their own devices from home can offer educational benefits, as well as some surprisingly positive results when it comes to creative thinking and classroom behavior. It is especially important to understand how students use mobile devices for learning, and how educators can encourage that use, so that technology is not incorporated without a positive impact. Technology is just a tool—it may help to amplify learning, but it’s not the panacea, and we always need to consider the appropriateness of technology. Research-based benefits of one-to-one mobile learning initiatives might include:
•Improvements in attendance and discipline
•Broader array of learning resources and experiences
•Increased frequency and quality of supportive individual and group interactions
•Improvements in student and parent attitudes toward the school
•Increases in student achievement April 2010 data from the Pew Research Center indicated that 75 percent of students ages 12-17 own a cell phone or a smart phone. Some challenges that surround incorporating mobile devices into classrooms include the speed with which technology changes and ways in which educators might differentiate between what is good for teaching and learning and what is simply technology for technology’s sake. BYOT Bring Your Own Technology BYOT isn’t about the devices themselves—kids bring in a variety of technology—it’s about creating constructive change in teaching practices. Just like kids bring pencils to school … they bring their technology to help them whenever it’s appropriate. Students become information producers rather than information consumers. They’re engaged in higher-order thinking. Forsyth County Schools in Georgia's IT team boosted its wireless access points and it maintains a separate wireless network for students to avoid placing students on the same network as administrators accessing sensitive student information, such as that contained in a student information system. In the most ideal class settings, mobile devices disappear into the background, like markers and whiteboards, pencil and paper – not because they’re not being used, but because they’re simply tools, a means to an end. By allowing kids to bring in their own devices, you free up school resources for the kids who don’t have access If district policy does allow kids to bring their own devices, schools must also make sure they have enough bandwidth to deal with all the new devices that need Internet connections. Cel.ly, GroupMe, and Remind101 are all tools that course instructors can use to send group reminders. Using Posterous instructors will receive an e-Mail address for that blog and can share it with all course participants. Then, anyone can share any content simply by e-Mailing their content to the e-Mail address. Posterous is easy to navigate on mobile devices students often complain that the wikis and blogs embedded in online courses are not easy to use on mobile devices. Send tweets to students to remind them of key points from the day’s lesson or homework or test reminders Poll Everywhere Wiffiti Google Maps Use a class #hashtag so all students can retrieve tweets I hope you have seen some of the possibilities for yourself and your students. I challenge you to add some of these skills to your already full toolkit for teaching. A PDF copy of all these notes will be available on the WBEA website soon...www.wbea.info Search in Prezi.com for a copy of this presentation under the title "SmartPhone Apps For Teachers" Enjoy the rest of the conference and have a safe trip home. I'm the Western News Exchange Newsletter Editor. Please e-mail me a lesson or idea to share with your colleagues. Thanks! Search in Prezi.com for a copy of this presentation under my username at: http://prezi.com/user/kenkuhn or at http://prezi.com/znyilgv9xf3p/smartphone-apps-for-teachers/ Wikipanion Cyber-bullying Educational Addresses City Food Truck Locations Compare Gas Prices Tourwrist Ask.com Around Me--Locations of Everything Prezi.com
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