Cell Phones in Online and Blended Learning Environments

Lesley Reilly
Twitter: lesreilly
This session will help educators and school leaders learn how to integrate cell phones into the design and facilitation of online and blended courses or learning environments


Thursday, April 14, 2011

===Study Boost Adds Useful Options for the End of the School Year===

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Study Boost is a service designed to help students study through the use of text messaging and instant messaging. I originally reviewed the service shortly after it went public. Since then Study Boost has added a couple of useful features just in time for the end of the academic school year.

Study Boost recently added the option for student users to combine sets or batches of questions into one or more larger sets. If they have been creating small batches of study material along the way, this new batch combination option could be very useful in preparing for final exams. The other new option that grabbed my attention is the option to embed batches of study questions into your blog or website. If you maintain a classroom blog or website you could post review material for your students.

Watch the video below to learn more about Study Boost.

You might also like: Study Boost - Study Through IM and Text Learn Boost Adds New Customization Options Open Study - Create or Join Online Study Groups Learn Boost Adds New Reporting Tools **LinkWithin**

Wiffiti is a resource that allows immediate commenting from cell phone texts to the web. It could be useful for getting immediate student feedback. Click on this link to go to the Wiffiti wikispace area.

Pros of Cell Phones in School
There are numerous positive outcomes that can emerge from permitting children and teens to bring their mobile phones into the classroom. Here are just a few that you should keep in mind the next time you enter a PTA meeting or other public debate.
Enhanced Learning
If each of the children were provided with a smartphone, they could run a series of applications and be all connected to one another. This is particularly easy with Windows Mobile-based smartphones. There are so many different Java applications that can be run on "normal" mobile phones as well. Having these is akin to using laptops in the classroom, except they are much more compact.
Memory Aids
Most cell phones have a camera these days, so children can use these to take pictures of things in class. This is great for science class, for example, where they may be exposed to certain creatures, plants and other things that they probably won't encounter anywhere else. This is much more effective that simply producing a quick sketch. Pictures are also useful for any sort of step-by-step process, so that they can later review the photos to better understand the procedure in metalwork, woodwork or other hands-on courses. Better still, give your child a camera phone with video capabilities!
Nearly every mobile phone has a built-in calendar function and this can be very useful for kids who have a hard time remembering test dates, assignment due dates and other such details where time is of the essence. By putting these in a cell phone organizer and assigning an alarm, they'll never forget again! After all, paper-based agendas and notebooks can be easily lost, forgotten, overlooked or scribbled over.
Voice Notes
Sometimes, it takes too long to write down a note, so why not use the cell phone to record a quick voice note instead? Students may not always have immediate access to a notepad either, so using a cell phone to "jot down" important information is also useful.

The following material will give you various resources on ways that cell phones may be used productively in instruction in your classroom. In addition, please see the Poll Everywhere link on BGHS PD wikispace for another resource.

Podcast on Guidelines and Instructional Applications for Cell Phone Use at School

Podcast on Effective and Appropriate Use of Text Messaging with High School Students (Digital Etiquette)

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Lisa Nielsen is an educational administrator and permanently certified teacher with more than a decade's worth of experience working in educational innovation at the city, state, and national level. Working as an innovative educator in New York City, Ms. Nielsen was honored as Teacher of the Year and was her district's nominee for Technology Educator of the year. Ms. Nielsen has worked in various capacities in educational innovation at the NYC Department of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University including as manager of instructional technology professional development, literacy coach, instructional technology coach, teacher, librarian, and staff developer. She currently serves as Technology Innovation Manager for the NYC Department of Education. Ms. Nielsen is a Google Certified Teacher, International Edublogger, International EduTwitter, and creator of The Innovative Educator blog, website, learning network, and wiki. In addition to her blog (http://TheInnovativeEducator.blogspot.com), her work is published in “Learning and Leading,” and “Tech & Learning,” magazine as well as the following online media Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, Ed Reformer, and The Huffington Post. An outspoken and passionate advocate of innovative education Ms. Nielsen is also covered by local and national media for her views on "Passion (not data) Driven Learning," "Thinking Outside the Ban" and determining ways to harness the power of technology for instruction and providing a voice to educators and students. Her first book “Teaching Generation Text” is set for a fall 2011 release.

Lisa Nielsen, best known as creator of The Innovative Educator blog, is an outspoken and passionate advocate of learning innovatively. She is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning. Ms. Nielsen speaks with audiences around the world sharing real-life anecdotes about the risk-taking actions she feels are necessary to do what is in the best interest of 21st century students despite the protests of educational administrators and policy makers stuck in the past. Passionate about educator voice and thinking outside the ban Ms. Nielsen blogs, promotes cell phone use for educators and students, and friends students on Facebook even though an outdated educational system tried to stop her from moving ahead. She has already seen her efforts begin to pay off as her district has taken baby steps in breaking free from the old way of doing things and is moving toward embracing innovation and recognizing that some of these ideas are not so bad after all.
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