Thursday, January 10, 2013

I hate using the word PHONE when talking about cell phones.

Here is my wonderful device.  I do many things on it and I think it can make calls.  I don't think of this as a cell phone.  I am not exactly sure what it is.  Mini computer?  The Android of Awesome?  Just two working titles I have right now.

What about these devices in the hands of the students?  Do you see them walking around with something similar?  Is there a way to use them in the classroom?

Yes.
44 ways to be exact.

This post showed me a number of ways that I have never really thought about.

Examples:
Use the device to peer edit.  (Remember it isn't about what you like.  Maybe you would not be comfortable using the small screen but they are.  I think each kid may write a small novel every day with all the texting, messaging and posting on FB.)

Poll the students using Socrative.  Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.  It takes maybe 15 seconds to set this up.  Dead simple and powerful.

How do you see using these devices in the classroom?

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