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101 Uses for a Mobile Phone
(or Reasons NOT to turn your phone off in class)
Please don't write off mobile phones as an educational tool just because the school rules say they're banned. They can be incredibly powerful devices, especially when most pupils have them and most schools don't have much audio-visual equipment.
Here are just a few useful things you can do with your mobile in class:
Take photos quickly and easily, where-ever you are (we almost always have our mobile phones with us, but how often do you carry your camera around?!)
Film science experiments or class discussions to add into powerpoint
Video interviews of people in the community
Upload photos to
using your phone's email facility
Update your class
by text message or email (known as
to your blog you have just taken and a description (useful as a
while on a school trip) - example from
Control your computer or powerpoint by 'magic' (also know as bluetooth) using
Record sound clips of debates, music composed by pupils or modern language classes
Transfer music or modern language sound clips and
to pupils' mobiles (or iPods) to study for homework
books and plays
* Download video clips or TV shows to study for homework
using video clips then share them with your friends using bluetooth or infrared.
* Ask pupils to take photos of objects (as homework or on school trips) to then study or draw in class
Use camera and text to document and record
* Take a series of still photos to then turn into an
Synchronise your phone with your Outlook email and calendar, so that your phone beeps to remind you of staff meetings or CPD courses.
Send a text message to remind pupils about exams and prelims
Send a text message to
Encourage pupils to
text the school
about bullying, crime or anti-social behaviour
Ask pupils to write a '
' text message poem and send it to a friend
Use it as a USB flash drive to store files you're working on at school and home
Write computer programs and games to play on your mobile
Set calendar reminders or the alarm clock to remind you to do your marking or to remind pupils to do their homework
Read blogs on the way to school
, short storys and
preview chapters from books
for pupils to read or use as reference, or
create your own
* Design a new
mobile phone cover
Play traditional games like
...and if the head teacher fires you for breaking the school rules, you can always use your phone to
get a better job
Sorry I didn't actually manage 101 reasons, but here's
a site that has
Links to articles about mobile phones in education
help on how to format text
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