(PD Title No. EDU4414E)

Cell Phones as Learning Tools

Proficiency Level: Mastery

Subject(s):Foreign Languages,Language Arts and Reading,Guidance,Health Education,Industrial Education,Interdisciplinary,Leadership Training,Multicultural Education,Music,Parent Education,Psychology,Science,Social Science,Volunteer,Special Education,Technology,Computer Education,Mathematics,Business,Art,Career Tech,Library Media,Basic Training,Physical Education,Standard 1 Planning for Continuous Improvement,Standard 2 Teaching and Learning,Standard 3 Human Resources Development,Standard 4 Diversity,Standard 5 Community and Stakeholder Relationships,Standard 6 Technology,Standard 7 Management of the Learning Organization,Standard 8 Ethics

Grade(s): PreK,K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,CC,Other

Hours: 30.00


Description: In this course, participants will learn how even the most basic cell phones can be used as powerful tools for teaching and learning. When integrated with free, web-based resources, cell phones offer students the ability to share ideas through activities such as blogging, podcasting, and data gathering. While there are many legitimate concerns about using cell phones in schools, it is important that schools prepare students for success in a world overflowing with information. It is also important for students to learn how to use technology ethically and responsibly. This course will highlight meaningful ways that cell phones can be used as learning tools in and out of the classroom, while also addressing the challenges and resistance that many educators face when trying to integrate cell phones into learning activities.


Pre-requisites: This is an introductory course for K-12 teachers, technology and curriculum specialists, school administrators, and other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and a basic cell phone. Participants without a texting plan will still be able to complete the majority of the course activities. Participants are also expected to have a means of taking digital photographs, whether via cell phone or with a stand-alone digital camera. Participants should be proficient with using email and browsing the Internet.


Objectives: During this course, participants will learn skills and strategies to:
Create opportunities for students and teachers to use their own basic cell phones in their teaching and learning;
Develop classroom projects that help students to utilize their cell phones safely and ethically in and out of school;
Utilize web-based tools that allow students to create products, publish ideas, and demonstrate understandings by using their cell phones;
Use cell phones to publish ideas and reflections on learning in a collaborative web space; and
Address the ethical challenges and management issues associated with incorporating cell phones into the curriculum