Reasons for using different facilities of mobile phones in class:


Digital Camera:
Take still pictures. Ideally use wiki or 3G connection to upload to Flickr automatically
  • Take photos quickly and easily, wherever you are
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* ART, CDT - Upload photos to flickr using your phone's email facility
  • ART, CDT - Take a series of still photos to then turn into an animation
  • ART, CDT - Ask pupils to take photos of objects (as homework or on school trips) to then study or draw in class
  • MFL, GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY, SCIENCE, ART, MODERN STUDIES - Use camera and text to document and record fieldwork

Video Camera:
  • SCIENCE - Film experiments and watch them again for revision and report writing
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* ENGLISH, MODERN STUDIES - Film class discussions
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  • COMPUTING - Add video clips into powerpoint presentations
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* PSE, MODERN STUDIES, HISTORY - Video interviews of people in the community
  • PE - video can be used to watch sporting activities such as a basket ball run-ups, discus throw, jumping a hurdle and compared to professionals.
  • DRAMA - pupils can watch themselves act and thereby improve and critique themseleves as if they were in the audience.
  • MUSIC - watch posture or positioning of hands on musical instruments through video.
  • ASSESSMENT in most subjects - Pupils could record responses to NAB assessments instead of writing them.
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Video player:
  • ENGLISH, HISTORY, MODERN STUDIES, GEOGRAPHY and others - Download video clips or TV shows or dramatisations to study in class or for homework. The ability to watch a video clip allows the pupil to actually see and hear the person they are studying rather than reading quotes from a book. e.g. Winston Churchill’s speachs in WW2.
  • PE - Watch sporting professionals and analyse performance and movements.
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* MFL or MUSIC - Transfer video clips to pupils' mobiles (or iPods) to study for homework
  • MFL - Watch news clips, cartoons, film clips
  • PSE: Learn topics like first aid using video clips then share them with your friends using bluetooth or infrared.

Sound Recording
  • Record sound clips of debates
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* MUSIC - allow pupils to hear themselves sing or play music
  • MUSIC - Record music composed by pupils (and let parents hear what pupils have achieved)
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* MFL - Record sound clips of pupils speaking (pupils can email them as homework to the teacher)
  • ASSESSMENT in most subjects - Pupils could record responses to NAB assessments instead of writing them.
  • Record interviews for radio shows

Audio Playback:
Listen to music, podcasts, audio clips, audio books
  • MFL or MUSIC - Transfer sound clips and video clips to pupils' mobiles (or iPods) to study for homework
  • MFL - listen to sound clips of people speaking, news items, music with French or German lyrics
  • ENGLISH - Listen to audio books of books and plays

Blogs:
RSS aggregator program to read blogs and a program like Typepad provides for writing blogs
  • ENGLISH, MFL, SMT - Update your class blog by text message or email (known as moblogging) including descriptions of what has been learned and achieved in class each day.
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* Read blogs on the way to school
  • Post photos to your blog you have just taken and a description (useful as a diary while on a school trip)

E-Book reader:
Read books that are specially formatted for easy reading on a small screen. Many ebooks are free online.

Internet facilities:
  • Find information and facts online using sites like wikipedia

Text messaging (SMS or bluetooth):
  • SMT, GUIDANCE - Send a text message to remind pupils about exams and prelims (or detentions ;-)
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* SMT - Send a text message to notify parents about absentees
  • GUIDANCE - Encourage pupils to text the school about bullying, crime or anti-social behaviour
  • ENGLISH - Ask pupils to write a 'keitai tanka' text message poem and send it to a friend

Word Processing facilities:
Create and edit Word documents
  • ENGLISH - Type up essays

Spreadsheet facilities:
  • MATHS, COMPUTING - teach spreadsheets and charts
  • SCIENCE - analyse data from experiments
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Organisation facilities:
  • TEACHERS - Synchronise your phone with your Outlook email and calendar, so that your phone beeps to remind you of staff meetings or CPD courses.
  • TEACHERS and PUPILS - Set calendar reminders or the alarm clock to remind you to do your marking or to remind pupils to do their homework
  • Email - alternative to school email system? Ideally linked with school / GLOW email system.
  • Calendar - Term dates, school events, exams, reminders for homework
  • To Do list - list homework to be completed, plan project work

Other:
  • COMPUTING - Write computer programs and games to play on your mobile
  • COMPUTING and most other subjects - Use it as a USB flash drive to store files you're working on at school and home. Ideally connect using USB cable, bluetooth or wifi to any computer to transfer files
  • TEACHERS - Control your computer or powerpoint slides by bluetooth