Mobile Phones in School

student_cell_phone_in_school_HWe have recently begun the long overdue discussion about allowing students to use mobile phones in school.  Currently the Board Policy prohibits the usage, but I think change is in the air.  We have had our first committee meeting and all signs point to a positive acceptance.  With this in mind, I wanted to showcase some of the great apps available to teachers to dip your toe into the mobile device waters with your students.

  • Geddit – Students rank their understanding in this free, real-time app.  It is currently an iOS app only (iPhone, iPad) but I am confident an Android app isn’t too far away.  Students can also use the website with our Chromebooks or other web-enabled device.
  • Poll Everywhere – Engage your class anywhere in real time.  Students can text their responses, use the web page or even respond via Twitter.  The free plans currently let you use Poll Everywhere with any 40 students at a given time.
  • Quizlet – Make your own flash cards or use one of the over 20 million pre-created sets. Quizlet’s free study tools and apps are used by over a million students and teachers a day in every country – from grade school to grad school, language learners to vocational students, at home and in the classroom.  iOS and Android apps are available, as well as an app for Chromebooks.
  • Remind101 – Keep your class informed of assignments, due dates, etc.  iOS and Android apps are available as well as text and email.  (I just have to share this Favorite Remind101 text: “Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, but you have an exam tomorrow so study maybe?”)
  • StudyBlue – Build flash cards that include audio, images that can be used in a variety of ways, such as studying the easy ones (that you had not missed before), hard ones, shuffled, etc.  Apps for iOS and Android are available.
  • Lino – Allows user to post sticky notes, videos, and images to an online canvas.  It operates like a shared cork board with “post it” notes and pictures.  Users can invite others to add items to the canvas.   Users can move and organize stickies and other items freely on the canvas.  Great for brainstorming or sharing study tips, etc.

Got any others?  Place them in the comments.

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