Challenge #5: Go mobile!Do after: Module 2 Communication
Do: Using your own mobile device find at least one educational way it may be used. Share: Using the text or multimedia of your choice, share on your blog how this may be done and your thoughts on using it with students (the age of your choice.)
I used my iPhone the other day while taking my students on a tour of Joseph Bettendorf mansion. The headmaster(it is now a school) gave us a wonderful and very insightful tool. I used my phone for several things.
1. Notepad - I took many notes about stories and facts that I knew I would need to bring back to the classroom.
2. I took multiple photos of students in action to use on the wiki(will be up later tonight)
3. Captured some video for a student who is using the mansion as her research project and she needed help with some visuals.
Later, when we were back in class the next day my students are expected to make their own phone calls to set up their interviews (the project is here http://coffeechug.wikispaces.com/2010-2011+4th+and+5th+Grade+Independent+Study+-+Exploration+of+the+Quad+Cities)
The number was long distance and our school phones don't allow long distance so my students used my phone to schedule an interview.
I have used my phone for a Lego Robotic app that helped my team test and score our runs.
I have used my phone for conversions during a science extension.
I have used my phone to balance our Lego Table with another app.
I have used my Voice Memo to record my voice with ideas that I don't want to forget.
I have used my phone for just about every single thing you could imagine. (Dropbox, sharing student facts on Twtitter to Japan and Portugal, fixing images for a student)
I hate the fact that our school bans cell phones when it could make life a whole lot easier.
Phones are able to accomplish so much more and students are comfortable with them. Simply give them parameters and expectations and give them a chance. It is time for students to be trusted. The projects we could do in class would be so much more if allowed to use the tools stashed in their pockets.