Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education

Overview

Liz Kolb sees cell phones as powerful technology in the hands of students. Acknowledging the current reality-that many schools ban student cell phone use in the classroom-Kolb discusses a host of innovative and highly interesting uses for the technology that do not require using the phones in the classroom. She also addresses the issues that have caused the bans and provides guidelines for overcoming the problems. Tapping into the ubiquitous power of modern communications technology and merging it with the ...
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Overview

Liz Kolb sees cell phones as powerful technology in the hands of students. Acknowledging the current reality-that many schools ban student cell phone use in the classroom-Kolb discusses a host of innovative and highly interesting uses for the technology that do not require using the phones in the classroom. She also addresses the issues that have caused the bans and provides guidelines for overcoming the problems. Tapping into the ubiquitous power of modern communications technology and merging it with the flexibility and excitement of the Interactive Web (Web 2.0), Kolb provides a vision in which engaged students use the tools of their choice to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Mini lessons and powerful resources throughout the book are easily adaptable and appropriate for almost any grade level.
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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine
This book could easily be subtitled all-you-wanted-to-know-about-cell-phone-use-in-schools-but-hesitated-to-ask. It will easily serve as the practitioner's guide to educational use of cell phones. Kolb . . . provides concrete suggestions for what to teach and how to teach it--everything from suggested letters to parents or administrators explaining proposed instructional projects to detailed, standards-based lesson plans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564842473
  • Publisher: International Society For Technology In Education (ISTE)
  • Publication date: 10/15/2008
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Kolb is currently an adjunct assistant professor at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. She is also completing her PhD in Learning Technologies at the University of Michigan. She taught high school and middle social studies in Cincinnati, Ohio and she also spent four years as a high school technology coordinator and teacher in Columbus, Ohio.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Cell Phones as Learning Tools 3

Bringing Student Culture into the Classroom 4

Connecting Everyday Digital Culture with Classroom Learning 5

The Web 2.0 Generation and Filters 6

Digital Etiquette 8

Bottom-Up Approach to Technology in Schools 9

Chapter 2 Concerns with Cell Phones in the Classroom 11

Cell Phones in School 12

Classroom Control 13

Cell Phone Etiquette 13

Student Access 14

Financial Considerations 15

Advertising 15

Web Publishing 16

Security 21

Chapter 3 Cell Phone Podcasting, Voice Mail, Conferencing, and Mobile Notes 23

Podcasting 25

Voice Mail 28

Conferencing 29

Mobile Notes 30

Classroom Use of Podcasting, Voice Mail, Conferencing, and Mobile Notes 32

Teachers Who Podcast 37

Lesson Plans 39

Lesson Plan 1 Oral History Project 40

Lesson Plan 2 Poetry Slam Podcast 49

Lesson Plan 3 Oral Quiz 54

Lesson Plan 4 Virtual Science Symposium 63

Lesson Plan 5 Physics Sound Waves 67

Chapter 4 Cell Phones as Cameras and Camcorders 71

Cell Phones as Cameras 72

Cell Phones as Camcorders 75

Classroom Use of Cell Phones as Cameras and Camcorders 77

Lesson Plans 82

Lesson Plan 6 Local Landmarks Photoblog 83

Lesson Plan 7 Geometry Digital Storybook 86

Lesson Plan 8 Rock Identification 91

Lesson Plan 9 PhotoMapping 94

Lesson Plan 10 Geo-Insects 98

Lesson Plan 11 Telenovela 103

Lesson Plan 12 Scavenger Hunt 108

Chapter 5 Developing Classroom Projects for Cell Phones 111

Ringtones 112

Wallpaper and Logos 113

Text Messaging 114

Mobile Web Sites 118

Mobile Blogs 118

Mobile Surveys and Polls 119

Mobile Presentations and Enhanced Podcasts 120

Classroom Ideas 121

ParentalInvolvement 126

Lesson Plans 126

Lesson Plan 13 Math Ringtone Raps or Jingles 127

Lesson Plan 14 Travel Postcards 131

Lesson Plan 15 Who Am I? 134

Lesson Plan 16 Inquiry Question Icebreaker 137

Lesson Plan 17 Think-Alouds 140

Lesson Plan 18 Science Activism Project 145

Lesson Plan 19 Stay Healthy! 148

Lesson Plan 20 Mobile Homework Help Blog 151

Lesson Plan 21 Scientific Survey 154

Lesson Plan 22 Revolutionary War Enhanced Podcast 158

Lesson Plan 23 Elections 164

Chapter 6 Cell Phones as Research and Organizational Tools 169

The Benefits of Web Surfing by Cell Phone 170

Web Site Access 171

Classroom Web Sites and Educational Resources 171

Libraries with Text-Messaging Services 172

Calendars, Voice Recorders, and Notepads 173

Calculators 174

Chapter 7 Cell Phones as Management Tools 175

Student Supervision 176

Group Activities 176

Field Trips and Extracurricular Events 177

Student Safety 178

Mobile Citizen Journalism 179

Student Absenteeism 180

Teacher Absenteeism 180

Struggling Students 181

Connecting with Parents 182

Homework Help 182

Chapter 8 Cell Phones in Preschool and Lower Elementary Learning 185

Etiquette Starts Early 186

Student Ownership 189

One Cell Phone Outside the Classroom 189

One Cell Phone Inside the Classroom 190

Chapter 9 The Future of Cell Phones in Schools 191

Educational Software 192

Writing, Literature, and Textbooks 192

MP3 Players, Recorders, and Radios 193

Live Streaming, Audio Editing, and Video Editing 194

GPS Tools and Tracking 195

Digital Projectors 195

Faxes and Scanners 196

Mobile Storage 196

E-Commerce 197

Point and Click 198

Assistive Technology 198

Starter Phones and Phone Plans 199

M-Government 199

Solar-Powered Cell Phones 200

Chapter 10 More Web 2.0 Resources for Cell Phones 201

Podcasting 202

Voice Mail 203

Conferencing 203

Mobile Notes 204

Mobile Web Sites 205

RSS, E-mail, and Favorites 205

Camera and Camcorder Resources 206

Reference and Organizational Tools 206

Logos, Wallpaper, and Ringtones 207

Text Messaging 208

Mobile Shopping 208

Mobile Quizzes 208

Music and Art 209

Health Education 210

References 211

National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) 216

Index 219

Credits 230

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