This is a report on a BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) workshop presented in the last session of NECC by David Rose (Southland Public Schools, Michigan) and and Kim Guffey (Haywood County Schools, NC).
Most of the resources are on the wiki, so this posting will only include my opinions about their comments.
Their schools have forbidden cell phones, but David has helped change that by encouraging a change in policy to include “except for instructional purposes.”
Video includes testimonies about how students use phones to communicate with others to get assistance in math.
One school has the students using phones that have been disabled for phoning and used as a mobile unit. Useful for students and increased their test scores.
Now we are going to use our cell phones to collect temperature data from friends through text messaging. (My new Blackberry Storm has a TERRIBLE pressure keyboard and I will return it next week for a phone with a real keyboard on it.)
They asked us to average our responses and text it to their account in PollEverywhere.com (My phone didn’t let me do it.) Then they directed us to create an account on PollEverywhere and make our own polls. I have used PollEverywhere in many of my presentations. It works quite well.
Notes from the audience: Use Edit to turn off the response messages so that users aren’t charged for response.
Suggested Voki.com. Place where kids can make an avatar to do reports. Another teacher suggested that she uses voki with kids by having them create their spelling lists through it. You get to create your own avatar and give it a voice through your phone.
Phone video: Suggested making a phone video and emailing it to the teacher so s/he could post it online.
This was a good intro. Suggested the ISTE book on using phones in the classroom. Looks good.
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