It is not IF we will use cell phones for learning, but WHEN!
Student ideas for using cells for learning
1. Use Cell Phones for Real Life
- Text for information: text an expert, set up a poll of experts/parents/peers, or brainstorm ideas with others using a Wiffiti.
- Use your phone tools for due dates in the calendar; alarms and reminders to study; notes for study on the go; calculator; camera to capture learning/information as it happens.
2. Use Cell Phones for Class Outside of School
- strengthen communication with your parents by texting them about your classwork, due dates, important information, and to encourage them to communicate with your school.
- communicate with your teachers, coaches, peers to stay up to date when absent, when you have a question on an assignment, or need to discuss an idea.
- group texts offer free ways to set up a study group. Ask questions before and review after class and extend learning,
- cooperative learning helps learning and increased communication builds relationships
- Cha Cha, Google SMS offer homework help
- Google Voice and Voki offer other ways to do homework
- using pictures and videos take home learning into the classroom
3. Use Cell Phones In Class
- Allows us to choose the device that makes the best sense
- Enjoy 100% participation in idea sharing, brainstorming, and feedback with polls & Wiffiti pages
- Have the tools we use at home available in class
- Individualize instruction for special needs, various learning styles, and availability of technology.
Willyn Webb, MA, LPC, NCC is a counselor and teacher in an alternative high school in Colorado. Willyn has had a private counseling practice, authored four books in various genres, and taught all ages k-college. By treating her students like family, she discovered the value of communicating through cell phones and text messaging. Taking it into the classroom furthered her appreciation of the tool and as an author her next step was to write a book on it. She is co-authoring with Lisa Nielsen on the upcoming book, Teaching Generation Text. To learn more about Willyn, her motivational and applicable workshops on cell phone use in education, her college online course Teaching Generation Text, and her books go to www.willynwebb.com