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    • The five steps are:
      • Step One: Teacher Use of Cell Phones for Professional Purposes
      • Step Two: Teacher Models Appropriate Use for Learning
      • Step Three: Strengthen the Home-School Connection with Cell Phones
      • Step Four: Students Use Cell Phones for Homework
      • Step Five: Students Use Cell Phones for Classwork
    • Three Ideas for using cell phones for professional purposes.
      • Use Polleverywhere to conduct staff surveys that would be useful and interesting to share with students and the school community.
      • Use Twitter and have the updates feed into your class or school blog, website, or wiki to reinforce the home/school connection and build class/school pride.
      • Set up Google Voice to serve as your personal secretary who will transcribe your messages and enable you to easily share with others.
    • Three Ideas for modeling appropriate use of cells for learning
      It goes without saying then when modeling appropriate use of cells you do not have your phone ring or make any type of noise not related to instruction. With that as a given, here are three ideas.
      • Model for your students how you use your cell phone to support your work using the phone for basic features like alarm clock, calendar, calculator, stop watch, note taking.
      • Demonstrate how you can use your phone to gain information instantly using Google SMS or ChaCha.
      • Use your cell phone as a camera often to capture student work and events and load them to Flickr so they can be embedded in your class or school website, wiki or blog.

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  • Surprising field studies suggest cell phones could be effective learning tools
  • In most schools, cell phones are checked at the door -- or at best powered off during school hours in a tacit "don't ask, don't tell" understanding between students and administrators. This wide-spread technology ban is a response to real concerns: if kids have unfettered instant access to the Internet at school, how do we keep them safe, how do we keep out inappropriate content, how do we prevent real-time cyberbullying, how do we even keep their attention in class when competing with messaging, gaming, and surfing?
  • there is a growing sense among education thought leaders and policy leaders that not only are cell phones here to stay but there seems to be interesting potential to use these small, connected computers that so many students already have. I've been insanely fortunate over the past year to work closely with Wireless Reach (Qualcomm's strategic social initiative) and real innovators in education who are finding that cell phones in classrooms don't have to be a danger or a distraction but, in fact, can help kids learn in some surprising ways.

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