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#6532873 Aug 11, 2012 at 07:58 AM
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I am Heidi Roycroft, middle school teacher-librarian in Washington State. I have two sections of Information Technology as well as advisory and the library. I have had students use their cell phones in my Info Tech class but the school policy is that they be put away.

I like the idea of BYOD, however, the school needs to have some devices to loan out to those who don't have the technology because of the digital divide. I don't agree that pairing students up is the best answer to the problem of some students not having a device. iPod Touches would be a good alternative.
#6543720 Aug 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM
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I teach at a university in Chicago and we do not use cell phones in class. There is no one prohibiting it, but it is not common practice, at least not in Nursing where I am located. Even the tech courses are not using them.

I think it is a good idea. We do not ban facebook or you tube. It is already widely used by students during class and so using the phone for educational purposes would maybe even help that.

I am interested in developing, although not yet thought through, an exercise using QR codes. I saw a sample by a teacher using QR codes, giving info related to historical figures, in a realistic form. I use them now to provide you tube videos related to class content using QR codes.

I am interested in learning to have them respond to questions, as in the for this thread. We do have the concern of not all students having a phone. Sharing is a good idea.
#6545657 Aug 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
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@Heidi and @Calle
Welcome! It is always wonderful to hear from teachers using cell phones (and lessons learned!) as well as those considering the use of the devices. We do have a few QRcode strands, hopefully those will be helpful for @Calle.

@Heidi iPodiTouches and iPads are good alternatives for students (I have also seen teachers use Nintendo DS with younger kids who have them--because they can hook up to the Wifi). I think it is important to understand that BYOT or BYOD is also about accommodating a variety of mobile devices to do the same task. All of the quests in the mobile strand allow you to use different mobile devices to complete the task (access is vital to consider when implementing BYOT).
#6563945 Aug 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
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I'm Victoria. I teach Mandarin Chinese in Kailua, Hawaii. I am on Twitter @MushudragonUSA.

Cell phones are great in the classroom for reading QR codes (that kids or I build), apps such as PuppetPals and of course, sound effects for our games and language tutorial videos. We also use Dragon and Evernote.

Its always a bummer when the cell phone is a distraction. However, usually we have a laugh or tell them to put it away and we move right along!

Look forward to learning more! BYOT!!!
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#6571391 Aug 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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I teach Computer Science in Washington State to students in grades 9-12.

The administration has denied my request to use cell phones; they believe it would be too tempting for students. Students would not be able to understand when or where it was appropriate to use their cell phones. This would just confuse them.

I think that in the future there will need to be a change to the Computer Science curriculum, to meet the growing demands for cell phone applications.

I understand the distraction and the off task behaviors, but if the kids are invested in what they will be producing/creating/doing -- I believe this can be minimized.

What is my hope for these quests? I would like ideas and information to help support using cell phones in my curriculum and ultimately persuade my administration of its benefits.
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#7013905 Nov 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM · Edited over 7 years ago
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Hi, I'm Rebecca DeLozier and I teach AP Bio and Physics north of Dallas. I currently work in a school where we have had BYOT for over 2 years. I am thrilled with the policy thought I know some of my colleagues are still unhappy.

The 2 greatest benefits in my opinion are:
Students have instant access to information
Cameras and apps open up a lot of possibilities for projects

My only real issues are:
Some students still don't have devices that are web enabled
Frequently students have difficulty transferring files from their phones to computers (to turn in or to work with in other apps), and I don't have the correct cable for their device or do not have the right sync software on the class desktops.
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#8054725 Jun 28, 2013 at 07:03 AM
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Hi, I am Lynda and I teach nursing in a small college. We are tech poor so I am very interested in new ways to use resources we already have. Next month I will be traveling to Ghana and working with an international team to lay the groundwork for using cell phones for education and medical consultation.

All suggestions and links to resources welcome!

Liz, thank you for al your work with the 4T Conference!

I am not a big fan of twitter but I have been at conferences where it is used as a back channel during sessions. Students/attendees often ask questions using their phone to ask real time questions and post reflections.

I also like the polling options or the quick pre-assessment quiz option before or during a class.

So far I have not used phones for group work but that is on my semester “to do” list.

There are also many apps in the sciences to help students review complicated concepts.

I worry a bit about the “have” and “have not” aspect of technology one upmanship. Everyone in my college classes has a cell phone but not everyone has the same features. I am not sure if this is a real problem or my perception.

I get very excited when I discover new apps, platforms or tools and need to pull back and look at the process, outcomes and pedagogy.
#14353084 May 06, 2020 at 07:34 AM
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Well I think that students should be given the cell phones so that they can meet the standards of future and they can also use Cocofax for faxing from gmail and they can visit GoogleFaxFree`s official website to learn more about it. I think the sim cards should be those that allow only internet connection and the teacher should keep taking round in the class to ensure that everyone is studying.
#14381721 Jun 28, 2020 at 11:15 PM
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Yes, i am using a cell phone for learning. And i think all the students should use it. And in fact, it is the need of the hour. Here you can visit to get quality data for your task easily. Because if you wanna clear your thoughts in any field, then havings its details knowledge trough phone is necessary.
#14383706 Jul 03, 2020 at 01:47 AM
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