Cellphones may or may not be permitted in your classroom.
My students are encouraged to Bring Their Own Devices (BYOD) to school daily.
Different Models of Cellphones in the Classroom:
- Some teachers prefer them to be face down on the desks in the open,
- Other teachers prefer them to be stored in students pockets and pulled out for uses when needed
- Other students are allowed to decide how they wish to store their device when it is not in use.
- Students can use their cellphone calender as their daily agenda. I use my cellphone calender to manage my time and appointments, so I thought why not model this strategy for my students? My class is split down the middle with half using our school issued paper agenda and the others using their laptops or cellphones as their agenda.
- Listen to audio books or audio material of items studying in class.
- Read e-books.
- Take photos of white board lessons for future reference or as a writing/scribe accommodation for students.
- Take photos of hand outs/assignment sheets – then if they get misplaced the student has a copy they can download to their computer and reprint.
- Use Today’s Meet to have students ask questions to you during your lesson or chat amongst themselves if they have questions. It is like a free chat room that is invite only by URL.
- Use Poll Everywhere to get the students to vote by text. Could be used as a status of the class or an exit or entrance pass.
- During a review lesson students could “text a friend” like Phone a Friend from who wants to be a millionaire if you can set this up with another classroom teacher.
- Use for Internet research for a project or daily classroom questions.
- Record video for a presentation or project.
- Use Apple’s Siri to help students get their ideas on to paper quickly without the stress of writing for students who struggle with written output.
- Word process anything written: answers, essays, dot jot notes.
- Google Maps, online atlas, online maps.
- Use as a calculator: basic, scientific or graphing
- Use a QR code reader app for students to get additional information stored on links.
- Use them as response tools for online websites like Kahoot or Plickers.
This list is by no means exhaustive. I would love to add your ideas to this blog post. Please leave a comment below to let me know how your students use their smartphones in the classroom.