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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, VoiceThread, Voxer, WhatsApp, mobile banking, Quizlet, counting calories and steps - 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 professional development activity/course is designed for:

  • All levels of smartphone users and any adult education practitioner who would like new ideas for integrating technology in the classroom

We will start with the basics, including assessing your student's 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 with guidance for differentiation will be provided.

Access to a smartphone is required; mastery is not.

The training is 6 professional development hours for beginners - and 4 hours for those with intermediate experience. The offering will run two weeks.

CCR Standards anchor standards addressed:

  • 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.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon completion of this professional development activity/course, you will be able to:

  • 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
  • Troubleshoot common problems and use phone settings
  • Communicate with students via smartphone apps
  • Foster student-to-student communication
  • Access to a smartphone

  • Basic knowledge of your smartphone for personal use (mastery is NOT required):

    • turn phone on and off

    • download apps via the app store (Apple App Store, Google Play, etc.)

    • access email on the phone

  • An open mind and willingness to experiment with new technologies

03/08/2017 - 8:00am
End Date: 
03/25/2017 - 11:00pm
Online Course
PD Center: 
Topic Area: 
ABE/Adult Education
Distance Learning
Education and Career Planning
ESOL/English Language Learner
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