Toys to Tools:Using Cell Phones and Web 2.0 Tools to Engage and Motivate Student Learning
By: Lakita Reese
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Toys to Tools:Using Cell Phones and Web 2.0 Tools to Engage and Motivate Student Learning
NETS-T ObjectivesNETS-T 2: Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments.
NETS-T 4: Promote and model digital age citizenship and responsibility.
NETS-T 5: Engage in professional growth and leadership.
How can cell phones be used to support learning?
Related QuestionsCan popular devices that students use such as cell phones, ipods, mp3 players, and PDAs be used to support learning?
Should cell phones and web 2.0 tools be used as instructional tools in the classroom?
What is Web 2.0? What are some examples of Web 2.0 tools?
What are the digital etiquette and security concerns that may arise when using electronic devices and Web 2.0 tools in the classroom? How can these concerns be addressed and mitigated?
ObjectivesParticipants will be able to give examples of how student cell phones can be used to enhance learning.
Participants will be able to identify the digital etiquette and safety issues when using electronic devices to support learning and be able to give suggestions on how these issues can be addressed and mitigated.
What is your schools policy on electronic devices?
PurposePurpose To inform educators on how to innovatively use electronic devices commonly used by students to enhance learning.
Difficulty in Managing the No Electronics Policy in the classroom.
Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to EducationWritten by Liz KolbPublished by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
Common Electronic Communication Devices Used by Students Today
PDAs Personal Digital Assistants
Which Device Do You Think Students Use the Most?
Electronic Communication Devices in Educationwww.learninginhand.comPDAsipods/mp3 players
Why the Use of Cell phones in Education?Cell phones are the most common and most easily accessible devices.As of 2004, 45% of students ages 8-18 had their own cell phone (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005)
As of 2006, 73% of students in Grades 9-12 used a cell phone daily. (Project Tomorrow, 2006a).
Students are enjoy using their cell phones and are highly motivated to interact with their cell phones during class.
Cell phones promote digital etiquette provides an opportunity to teach how to use cell phones appropriately (i.e. appropriate times to talk on a cell phone in public, appropriate times for texting, etc).
Access ConsiderationsNot every student has a cell phone.Especially at the Elementary Level
Many activities and lessons available that only require one cell phone.Set up work stations.
How Can Cell Phones be Used to Support Learning?
What is Web 2.0?Web 2.0 is a new form of Internet communication that has emerged in the 21st century that allows Internet users to easily read, share, edit, and update information.
It is different from the traditional Web 1.0 (focus on allowing users to post and read information). Examples of Web 2.0 toolsBlogsWikisPhoto sharing websites (ex: flickr, photobucket)Facebook, Myspace, Twitter
Cell Phones as RecordersCan Be Used to Create:Podcasts
PodcastingPodcasts are audio, text, or video files that can be downloaded to a computer or mp3 player.
Audio podcasts are created by first recording a pre-written message using a recorder on an mp3 player or a microphone connected to a computer. -Also can be recorded using a cell phone.
Once recorded and edited, they are uploaded to a web server and are given a unique URL.
Podcasts and Cell phonesGabcast and cell phoneswww.gabcast.com (free)What is it?Website that allows you to upload audio files and distribute them as podcasts.How it works:Users creates an account and set up a podcasting channel. User dials a toll-free Gabcast number, records a message, and once you press #, the message is automatically posted as an audio podcast.
Educational Uses:Review lesson material, oral history projects
Lets view an example.Listen > Education > Locate pg. 10 > View 2nd Graders Rock
Share Your Ideas
Can you think of any other ways cell phone created podcasts can be used ineducation?
Cell Phones as Cameras
Digital StorytellingDigital story tellingis the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories Fiction and non-fiction storiesTopics can include historical events, exploring a community, narrating events in a persons life.
Benefits of Using Cell Phones to Create Digital Stories
School may lack resources such as digital cameras for students to use.
Students dont have to worry about purchasing expensive equipment.
Convenient (dont need cable hook-ups).
Can be used in conjunction with Internet resources such as Photobucket and flickr.
Digital StorybookPhotobucketWebsite: www.photobucket.comCost: Free
Photobucket Features:Enables anyone to post pictures to the Web from a cell phone.Feature allows teachers to create one account for the entire class.Gives teachers more control over photo postings (i.e. options to delete or edit posted photos before they are made public).Simple video editing features (similar to MovieMaker and iMovie).Can send video to the Photobucket account if cell phone has a camcorder feature.Slideshows are easy, fun, and engaging.
Share Your Ideas
Can you think of any other ways cell phones and photo sharing sites such as Photobucket and Flickr can be used in education?
Other Cell Phone and Web 2.0 Activity Ideas
BrainstormingWiffiti and cell phoneshttp://www.wiffiti.com (free)
What is it?Web 2.0 tool that publishes real time messages to a computer screen.
Educational Use with Cell PhoneStudents can brainstorm from their cell phones to a live screen on the web.
Teacher can ask a question about a certain topic and the students can text their answers that show up on a live screen.
Useful features:Has a feature that allow teachers to approve content or not allow content that is inappropriate.
You can choose to keep the wiffiti screen private or share it with the world.
Managing Student Absences
Qipit and cell phoneshttp://www.qipit.com (free)What is it?Web 2.0 tool that turns a cell phone into a copy machine or PDF.
How it works?Take pictures of handwritten notes, white boards, or printed documents andsend them to Qipit where the image can be immediately be converted to a PDFfile.
Educational Use with Cell Phones: For students that have missed class, teachers or another student cantake a picture with their camera phone of the lecture notes or whiteboardactivity and then have it immediately be converted into a PDF file.
Liz Kolbs wiki: http://k12cellphoneprojects.wikispaces.com/Resource where teachers share how they are using cell phones in their classes. (Highly Recommend)
Concerns with Using Cell Phones in SchoolPost inappropriate pictures to the internet.
Cheating on test.
Calling in bomb threats
Tips Given by Liz Kolb in Toys to Tools:Connecting Student Cell Phones toEducation
Take ControlCreate a Social Contract: Involve students.Provide parents with permission forms that state the nature of the activity and include the social contract.
Digital Etiquette and Internet Safety
Teach internet safety before using any of the activities that utilize Web 2.0 tools and cell phones.www.safekids.com/quizhttp://www.cybersmartcurriculum.org/
Suggestions for Working with AdministratorsStart small by creating a project that is simple and that utilizes cell phones only after school hours (ex: homework assignments)
Demonstrate how cell phone use will be used to enhance student learning.
Show them how the lessons align with National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) and state standards.
Approach administrators about changing the policy to allow cell phones in school for learning purposes after you can prove to them that you have been successful in enhancing student learning with cell phones outside of school.
Thank You!CreditsKolb, Liz. Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education. 1st Ed. Washington D.C.: International Society for Technology in Education, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-56484-247-3 Available at: Amazon.com or www.iste.org
Web Resourceswww.classroomclipart.comhttp://www.clker.com/clipart-mp3-player1.htmlhttp://www.hscripts.com/freeimages/icons/electronics/index.phpwordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3_playersen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Digital_Assistants
Wrap Up/Evaluation:Questions or comments?
Formal Evaluation (Surveymonkey.com)Workshop Content:Provided useful ideas techniques, and skills were presented.Provided information that was personally and/or professionally relevant.Increased my understanding of this topic. The Presenter:Held my interest with relevant examples.Facilitated activities effectively that reflected a clear grasp of the topic.Responded effectively to questions. Delivered content in an appropriate, well-paced manner. Provided opportunities for active participation.Survey Adapted from The Technology Applications Center for Educator Development
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Please type an answer to one or more of the following objectives:Give one example of how student cell phones can be used to enhance learning.
Give one example of how digital etiquette and safety issues can be addressed when introducing web 2.0 tools and cell phones into schools.
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Welcome my name is Lakita Reese and, I would like to thank everyone for attending my workshop on:Before I begin, I would like to go over some ground rules on how I would like to facilitate todays workshop..
Once you are acknowledged, I will call your name in the order that it appears.If you hear my voice, please check the checkmark button
If no, (text person in chat area on how to troubleshoot doing the following)..Now, I would like to use the Raise Your Hand and Talk features for introductions. So, everyone, please raise your hand. I will call on your name as it appears in order and just give your name and current or past experience in education.Before I move on, I know that some schools have bans on electronic devices. So, I would like to take a moment for you to share your schools policy on electronic devices and your experiences in managing cell phones in the classroom. You may use the chat feature to give your response. However, if you prefer to verbalize your response, please raise your hand and I will acknowledge you so you can respond.*Because many school systems, like my school system have a No Electronics Device Policy most of the activities that Liz Kolb discusses in her book involve students using their cell phones after school or the use of one cell phone (such as the teachers cell phone during class) and Ill go over later how she advises teachers to The school district that I work in has a No Electronics Device Policy which includes the use of cell phones. However, even though we have this policy in place, students bring these devices in anyway, so it becomes frustrating when you have to interrupt class time to take up a cell phone or address a student about using the cell phone during school hours. So, I wanted to research how can cell phones be used constructively as a learning tool.
In my research, I found a book called..
The author realizes that many schools do have policies that ban electronic devices such as cell phones, so most of the activities that she covers in the book or geared toward using cell phones after school and I will go over later how she suggests that teachers gain the support of their school administrators to use cell phones during school hours.So first, I would like to give you some examples of some electronic communication devices that students commonly used today.Now, I would like to get your input on what devices you think students use the most. I will enable the Eboard and I would like for you to place an x next to the device that you think students use the most. (It will be easier if you use the ______ to mark your x).
After participants have responded:Well, I think that cell phones and mp3 players are most commonly used.and this is just from my observation from the three years that I have been teaching high school. But, I really think that cell phones are most common of all three, and Ill give you some statistics to support my opinion in a minute, Learninginhand.com website provides many lesson plans and resources on how to incorporate PDAs and mp3 players.But for this workshop, were going to focus on using cell phones in education. And were going to focus on cell phones because they are most commonly used by our students.Well, going back to our previous discussion, we know that cell phones are the most common and most accessible, and to give you some statistics..
Also, students enjoy using their cell phones, so considering both of these factors together, teachers can use these devices to engage students in learning.
Another reason cell phones should be considered in learning is it gives teachers the opportunity to teach their appropriate use.(i.e. appropriate times to talk on a cell phone in public, appropriate times for texting, etc)
We know that many students do not have access to a cell phone, but there are many educational activities that can be implemented with just the use of one phone and the author of Toys to Tools gives a few examples in her book.So now, I will cover some ways on how cell phones can be used to support learningMost of the lessons that I discuss involve the use of cell phones in conjunction with web 2.0 tools, so I am going to briefly go over what web 2.0 is and some of the common web 2.0 tools. First, is anyone already familiar what web 2.0 means? (Use the Yes, No indicator)
The examples of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis etc. not only lets you read the information, but they allow you to edit, update, and share your information with others.Now, I will go over how cell phones can be used to create podcasts as well as used to in telephone conferencing.Is anyone familiar with podcasts (Yes/No Indicator).Well, the use of podcasts are increasingly becoming popular in the education field. Many professors are using them to present lecturers and other educational topics to their students. K-12 educators are also using them in various innovate ways as well.
As I stated earlier, podcasts can be created using cell phones and this is an idea an English or Literature class could implement. This is a lesson on pg. 49 in the Toys to Tools book. It is geared toward 9-12th graders and uses cell phones and a web 2.0 website call gabcast. The lesson is also aligned to the NETS-S standards (all of the lessons that the author gives in the Toys to Tools book align with NETS standards).Describe the Lesson Description>Put in Autoshare ModeDirect to www.gabcast.comClick on Listen > Education > Pgs. 5-6 > 1984 Period 3>Gabcast is a free service, but you will see when you click on sign-up the person registering has to be 13 years of age and up.
So those are some examples of how teachers are using cell phones to create podcasts. Can you think of any other ways cell phones created podcasts can be used in education.Now, I will discuss how cell phones can be used to create digital stories. Digital story telling is commonly used in education today and it is the practice of..
Has anyone ever created a digital story or had their students to create digital stories? Many cell phones now come with built-in high quality cameras, so cell phones can be a substitute for schools that lack the resources to purchase digital cameras...On the next slide, I will explain some of the features of Photobucket that make the site useful in creating digital stories.
Photobucket is a free web 2.0 tool that has many features that make it an excellent tool to create digital stories. Now, I will share with you a lesson idea on how cell phones can be used as video cameras.Wiffiti is a web 2.0 tool that can be used with cell phones to conduct brainstorming activities.And this concludes some of the ways cell phones can be used to support learning. If youre interested in learning more on how other teachers are using some of the tools mentioned in the presentation, I highly suggest that you visit Liz Kolbs wiki web page. It has real life examples of how teachers are using cell phones to support learning in and outside of the classroom.
The link is provided in your handout that I sent to your email.So Liz Kolb gives some suggestions on how some of these concerns can be addressed and dealt with.These resources are provided to you in a handout that I sent to your email if youre interested in researching them more.Most schools have bans on cell phone use during school hours, so the following are some suggestions that Liz Kolb gives on how to work with administrators on promoting the idea of using cell phones as instructional tools during the school day.