Cell Phones in the Classroom

  • 98 Percent of 9-12 grade students have cell phones
  • 83 Percent of 6-8 grade students have cell phones
  • 43 Percent of 2-5 grade students have cell phones
  • (Project Tomorrow, 2010)

Podcasting, Oral Recordings, Oral Quizzes

Google Voice - http://www.google.com/voice
Create an online Google Voicemail Account. All messages are saved as MP3 file that can be played or downloaded. Teachers can accept oral messages such as oral Spanish assessments. The oral recordings can be saved as a podcast and uploaded to services such as Itunes. Students can subscribe to these podcasts.

Voki - www.voki.com
Students may create a talking avatar on this site. The spoken words may be recorded with a cell phone by dialing a designated phone number.

Voicethread - http://www.voicethread.com
Students can share and comment on digital stories and documents. Comments may be recorded with a cell phone by calling a designated phone number.

Mobile Geotagging

Geotagging is the ability to post media (photo's, video, audio, or text from a mobile phone to a specific point on a map.

Flagr - http://www.flagr.com
Flagr allows users to create public, semiprivate, or private maps. Anyone who is a member and allowed access to a map can send a photo or text message to a specific point on a map.
Implementation: Students in a geometry class who are studying various shapes can post pictures of the shapes that they see in their surrounding communities to a shared map. The map can be pulled up in the classroom for discussion.

GeogrGraffiti - http://geograffiti.com/
This site creates voice marks which are audio postings to specific map locations.
Implementation: A history teacher assigns students to create an audio tour about local history. The students go to various historical monuments and buildings in the community an then phone in historical summaries of te significance of these sites. . The audio recordings are placed in the appropriate areas of the map.

Digital Story Books

Yodio - http://www.yodio.com
Students may create or participate in individual or collaborative storybooks using a mobile phone.
Implementation: Students on a field trip can call into their yodio account. They can leave recorded narrations about what they are experiencing or seeing on a field trip. They can also send pictures taken from their cell phone to the Yodio account. When they get back at school they can login to their Yodio account and create a digital story with the narrations and pictures they sent. This can be done as a group with one cell phone per chaperone.

Photo Projects

Flickr - http://www.flickr.com
Photobucket - http://www.photobucket.com
With each of these sites students and teachers may create a private space to share pictures with a class. Students and teachers may send pictures they take with their cell phone by sending them to a private mobile number that is assigned to each space.

Classroom Response Systems

Poll Everywhere - http://www.polleverywhere.com
Wiffitit - htttp://www.wiffiti.com
Text the Mob - http://textthemob.com
Each of these sites allow teachers to turn basic cell phones into classroom response systems free of charge. Teachers can post questions on line and have students respond with their answers via text messages. Student responses appear instantly to give a teacher immediate feedback and to facilitate further conversation.

Information Gathering and Research

Google - Text Search -466453
You can search google by texting your question.(text message rates apply)Text message your search query to 466453 ("GOOGLE" on most devices)

Chacha - http://www.chacha.com or text to 242-242
Text a question and get back an immediate answer. (text message rates apply)

1. Kolb, Liz. "Adventures with Cell Phones." Educational Leadership Feb. 2011: 39-43. Print.
2. Project Tomorrow. (2010). Creating our future: Students speak up about their vision for 21st century learning.