Have you ever noticed how many of your students are texting or in some way using their cell phone in or around your classroom?
Have you ever wished you could get your students as interested in your class instruction as they are with their phone or mobile device? One source I saw reports that there are 4.2 Billion texters worldwide! That's more than: the entire population of the world in 1975; 5 times the number of Facebook users; and 4 times the number of monthly Google users!
Just imagine what you could do if you could harness the power of mobile devices in your classroom.
There are a LOT of folks out there (educators) who have wondered about the very same thing... and who are doing big things toward making that a reality. Already, there are educators who use cell phones and texting in their classroom for instruction, and to engage their students.
You can use cell phones, mobile devices, and texting to: poll students; play games like Classroom Jeopardy without expensive technology; remind students about homework and assignment due dates; communicate with students and their parents about student progress; engage students in group projects; provide digital textbooks accessible anywhere; the list goes on and on.
Here are just a few links to sites with free info and/or apps you can use. A simple Google search can find many-many more:
Guest blogger James "Art" Beveridge is the Distance Education Coordinator at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville, GA.