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.
The method of BYOD looks different in everyone’s classroom depending on school rules, classroom reediness and teacher comfort level.
- Students can use their cellphone calendar as their daily agenda. I use my cellphone calendar 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 audiobooks or audio material of items studying in class.
- Read e-books.
- Take photos of whiteboard lessons for future reference or as a writing/scribe accommodation for students.
- Take photos of handouts/assignment sheets – then if they get misplaced the student has a copy they can download to their computer and reprint.
- 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 onto 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.
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