How do you use the miraculously tiny computer in your pocket? Do you keep a shopping list in Evernote or schedule meetings on your calendar? Maybe you photograph important notices or use the voice memo to remind yourself about Aunt Sally's birthday party next Sunday. Email, texting, Google Apps, Voxer, WhatsApp, Quizlet...the possibilities are endless.
By unlocking the full potential of a smartphone, students can become part of the tech-savvy 21st century workforce. This self-paced, lightly facilitated course will help you develop strategies for using smartphones and apps in your classroom.
This course is two weeks. Estimated completion time is six hours for beginners and four hours for those with intermediate experience.
This professional development activity/course is designed for:
- Any adult education practitioner who would like new ideas for integrating technology in the classroom
- All levels of smartphone users
Access to a smartphone is required, mastery is not.
We will start with the basics, including assessing your students' technology literacy, increasing your own mastery and comfort level with your smartphone, and creating a classroom phone usage policy. Next, we will work on accessing email via the phone and deal with common obstacles (forgotten passwords, anyone?). From there, we will explore useful apps and features of the phone with classroom and work readiness applicability. Lesson plans and guidance for differentiation will be provided.
During the course, we will be addressing the following CCR Standards:
- Writing Anchor 6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
- Speaking/Listening Anchor 2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
- Reading Anchor 7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:
- Troubleshoot common problems and use phone settings
- Communicate with students via smartphone apps
- Foster student-student communication
- Determine which features and apps will help students accomplish their college, career, and other goals in and out of the classroom by matching two apps/features to two classroom learning goals
- Design and implement a lesson that integrates college and career readiness and technology