Smart Phones are ONLY as smart as their owners!
I’m constantly discovering new way to use my iPhone, especially the camera function! I also show my students how to use this powerful technology with intelligence!
I take a photo of :
- where I parked the car because I can never remember!
- clothes/fabric I’m trying to match
- the description of a restaurant menu item–so I can prepare the dish at home
- students who fall asleep in my class. I say, “Now I can show your mom why you have a D in this class.” They never nod off again!
- anything funny to use in a future blog
- old family photos
- some thing I can’t decide to buy
- any information I don’t want to write down
- ideas/examples for later projects
I tell my students to use their SmartPhone to:
- look up definitions/pronunciations of vocabulary words
- search for facts related to whatever we’re studying
- find answers to those random questions they sometimes ask about the author or text we are studying
- take a pic of notes or lengthy instructions I wrote on the board
I even created several SmartPhone lessons.
1. Symbol Scavenger Hunt: In groups of 4, students break into teams of 2. The first team goes out onto campus, takes pic of something symbolic of ______________. (teacher provides topics like, love, teenagers, school, sadness, joy etc) and forwards it to Team 2 back in the classroom. Those students must articulate/write 3 different reasons what the object is symbolic of. The teacher accepts or rejects their rationale and gives them the next topic. The group with the most successful explanations/rationales wins!
2. Texting Shakespeare: Students must rewrite their most wordy text using Shakespearean language.
3. Hashtag: Students hashtag a literary passage.( Much more fun and effective than asking them to find the main idea or theme)
4. Tweet: Students must write a 140 character topic sentence. This exercise helps them learn to write concisely!
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