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Another update on Cell Phone Use

In an attempt to help students prepare for college I did not provide them with a study guide. Instead I created points in the lesson where we stopped and discuss what would be good questions over the material covered. About the third day I used and simply ask students to text me questions. Then I open the screen on the projector so as the questions came in the class as a whole would answer them.

I saw several benefits here. 1) Students got to share what they… Continue

Added by Alan Beam on February 11, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Hmmmmm.. Will It work? (Cell Phone Update)

Well after days of searching the web, my tech guy told me about School Central (, a site we use to post messages as a district through texting. So after a few more days working through the instructions I finally took it to my class. I asked the students to create their free accounts and follow the directions to join my group. Then after sharing the number and directions on they could send or respond to texts the texting began. In reality only a handful of students… Continue

Added by Alan Beam on February 1, 2009 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Post on Cell Phone Blog site

The following I posted at

I've used the PollEverywhere on our student laptops. I'm going to try and setup a few of these this semester on cell phones. I should note those students who do not have unlimited texting I simply e-mail them the same material. I give them more time to reply back as well.


Using the cell phone part two. Today .. I used the polleverywhere… Continue

Added by Alan Beam on January 15, 2009 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Study Guides & Homework ... I Wonder

By returning to the classroom there were a number of ideas I wanted to try. One of my ideas dealt with teaching students the importance of study guides while addressing late work.

How often do teachers find giving students assignments and on due date discovering a handful not turning them in. Why do students not turn in their work? I think there are a number of reasons: 1) They don't care, 2) They don't see the importance of the assignment in the process of their learning, 3) They… Continue

Added by Alan Beam on January 5, 2009 at 2:24pm — 4 Comments


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