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Recommendations for School Districts Implementing A Mobile Technologies Program

· Establish a liaison at schools participating in the program.
· Provide the liaisons with a full-day train the trainer training on using cell phones in education lead by experts like Liz Kolb, Will Richardson, Tony Vincent, or Marc Prensky.
· Provide hands on, concrete instruction on using cell phones to enhance education
o Start small so as not to overwhelm teachers.
o For ideas visit
§ Using Google as an Educational Tool Right From Your Phone!
§ Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning
§ Ideas for Using Cells in Education
§ Resources for Enhancing Education with Cells.
o Consider launching with a fun scavenger hunt activity using some of the above ideas. Allow teachers to experience using the devices as an educational tool in a fun setting
· Integration of cell phones into units of study and lessons
o This can be collected on a wiki and shared with the community.
o Unit tech integration tool
· Establish an acceptable use policy with students and teachers
· A school launch for students, teachers, and parents should be delivered. The launch would consist of:
o An exciting program overview including goals and expectations
o An overview of acceptable use, educational value, and expectations
o Educational cell phone activities that introduce students to ways they can begin using their phones to support learning
· Launch considerations
o Consider integrating the phone's use as an instructional tool outside the school day in year one. This enables schools to avoid any issues of school phone bans and enables teachers to become comfortable integrating this work, while internalizing the need and not worrying about classroom management issues. If your district has a ban in place this gives you time to address that.
o After a year of using cell phones let teachers decide if they want to opt into to having them incorporated during the day. Those who do not, can continue to use phones as educational tools outside the school day.
· Parent Coordinator Collaboration
o Provide a train the trainer for parent coordinators who can provide training for parents of project students and agree to deliver this training across the year to parents.
· Online/On demand Support
o Work with students to video tape and post tutorials online.
· Online Resources
o The article What Can You Learn from a Cell Phone? Almost Anything!
o The book: Toys to Tools – Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education
o The blogs: Cell Phones in Learning and Learning in Hand
o The website: Learning in Hand (educator's resource for using handheld computing in schools)
o The wiki: Cell Phones in Learning
o The network: Cell Phones in Education Network providing a vehicle for ongoing conversation and support.
§ The post: Electronic Devices In Schools: PLEASE Allow For Teacher Autonomy