Cell Phones in Education


Cell Phones in Education

This group is where educators can discuss challenges and successes using cell phones in the classroom.

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Comment by Laura Bossert on March 19, 2014 at 12:58pm


I am a 5th grade teacher in Delaware and we just started BYOD this week!! It was being piloted in a few classrooms and was just opened to all fourth and fifth grade. One of the biggest problems we are experiencing is not "enough space" on the server and there are all kinds of proxy problems. Once that gets fixed though, I am really excited to integrate cell phones into the classroom. Other than things like QR codes and accessing different websites that I already use, are there any excellent apps you enjoy for elementary students??

Let me know! :)

Comment by Paula Rogers on March 6, 2014 at 8:24am

Hilarious video demonstrating technology growth and digital natives.


Comment by Erin Birmingham on February 6, 2014 at 2:36pm

I think cell phones should be used as a "tool" in education. I think they are very beneficial for both students and teachers. However, we have to keep in mind that some students do not have smartphones or a cellphone in general. I just recently got an Iphone but before a lot of my teachers just assumed that I could look up the answer on my phone. It sometimes made me feel left out that I could not participate fully. Yes my smartphone makes life much easier, but not everyone can have this luxury.

Comment by Paula Rogers on February 4, 2014 at 1:21pm
Today I let the students use my cell phone to scan QR codes in Math. I have 1 iPad and my phone added a 2nd scanner.
Comment by James Nuttall on February 4, 2014 at 7:12am
Sorry for my last post had a misspelling. I am using voice recognition. So I'm interested in cell phones and there use for composition.
Comment by Nataliia Fominykh on December 1, 2013 at 7:16am

Dear colleagues,

Today I have joined this group and I am happy. Thank you for sharing, The tools you mention here are simply genious! Tomorrow I am going to use two or three of them with my students!

Once more thank you!

Comment by Jennifer Wilson on July 28, 2013 at 8:56am

I am an advocate of the cell phone in education- true, they do offer great temptation and the opportunity of distraction, but this can help students develop important responsibility skills and help them take ownership of their learning and their actions.  We are in a digital age, and students need to be able to access the powerful opportunities offered by technology; it is up to us to teach them digital citizenship.  I am curious how many elementary teachers are able to allow the use of cell phones in school?  How young is too young?  I think that maybe if they are given the opportunity VERY early, they will learn the responsibilities and not be as distracted when they are older.  

Comment by Ally Shin on April 17, 2013 at 5:45am

Using cell phone in the classroom brings a lot of benefits to both students and teachers. Especially when it comes to flipped classroom, the possibilities of real-time communication, brainstorming, and notetaking will be the huge advantages what technology brings to education.

But there are always concerns about distractions it might bring along with the benefits, as a significant number of followers here already mentioned. Young students are very fast to play with the smartphones (or even with cellphones), so it might be challenging for teachers control the student's personal usage during the class.

Regardless of the concerns and worries, we cannot think smart phone, as a representative of cell phones in classroom, to be excluded in education when it has already being used in our daily lives. As Scott mentioned below, we need to keep pursuing the ways of how to make our students to use smart phones (or cell phones) academically rather than personally. 

Comment by Scott Pangrazzi on April 16, 2013 at 6:04pm

At the school I teach at cell phones are allowed to be used outside and inside of class.  Certainly this can cause some issues if they do not use it appropriately, but most students use their twitter accounts to link to current news sources and the government branches to sign up for information related to the class.  However, I would like to here suggestions on how to move more of their use to academic purposes and less on personal.

Comment by Lindsay SIlver on April 16, 2013 at 9:57am

My students really enjoyed using their phones when they were doing their latest research project.  They had the opportunity to bring in one of their own devices to use to research on or they could use one of the school's iPads.  Most of my students used their cell phones to research and find out information about the immigrant group they chose.


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