Mobile Devices

Why Mobile Learning in the Classroom?

Did you know that 94% of Americans under the age 45 have a personal learning device that could greatly enrich the way teachers teach and students learn? Unfortunately, many school district ban mobile learning devices. It’s time to embrace this technology and use them as powerful learning tools that can enrich our classrooms. Banning them was the easy call to make, but as cell phones have become more sophisticated, powerful, and even more entrenched in students’ daily lives, a growing number of schools have decided to open the door to what are, essentially, mobile computers!


Ideas to Engage your Student’s

•Texting :: Questions, Announcements, Homework
•Students can be provided with various concepts to explore or research.
•”Text a friend”- Bring the world into the classroom.
•Send reminders to an entire class or individual students.
•Students and parents can text their teacher if they have a question.
Video: How to use guide?


Ice Breaker: Cell Sharing

  • Separate class into smaller groups.
  • Ask participants to locate a photo, song, or video from their mobile device that best represents them.
  • Each person then shares with the group his or her media and the reason it was selected.
  • Also inform them that they will be asked to report via a group texting service what they liked, what they discovered about their group members.


  • Infuse Learning allows teachers to push questions, prompts, and quizzes out to students’ devices in private virtual classrooms. My students love using the “draw” feature for vocabulary review. 
  •  My Big Campus gives schools an engaging, collaborative online environment. The dynamic content and collaborative technologies that have been traditionally blocked are now available to safely engage today’s students.
  • A resource library with videos, blogs, wikis, web sites, and more
  • A suite of collaboration tools, including groups, walls, blogs, and messaging
  • Classroom management tools like assignments and calendars
  • Poll Everywhere replaces expensive software with standard web technology. It’s the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, tv, print — anywhere. And because it works with texting, web, or twitter, its simple and flexible to use in the classroom.
  • Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games.
  • Their apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on computers, tablets, or smartphones.
  • SoundGecko is a text-to-audio transcribing service that lets you enjoy written content from around the web on the go without distraction.
  • Be free from screens as you listen to articles by simply sending an email or pressing a button in your browser.
  • Connect your Google Drive or Dropbox account and SoundGecko will automatically place a copy of the MP3 audio file on your cloud drive so you can listen at home, at work and on your mobile.
QR Codes
  • Quick Response Codes are just bar codes….
  • I use URL Shortener for Google Chrome ExtensionsThis handy extension lets you shorten URLs with Google URL shortener from the browser itself.
  • You can also use a separate website such as to generate QR codes.
  • For a Classroom Teacher: Save you time, paper, and provide a link for students while doing classwork or homework
Ideas to Use QR Codes 
  • QR Code Scavenger Hunt
  • Multimedia worksheets or notes
  • Extend Learning for more information
  • Cover page for portfolio
  • Take them to a website
  • Create an interesting station lesson
  • Link a QR code to a Dropbox file
  • Create a virtual museum
  • Give students a QR code to a list of useful website with a lesson
  • Link a primary source document to it’s location

Apps to Organize your Student’s 

My Homework 

  • With myHomework you can easily know what’s due and when so you will never forget a homework assignment again.
  • myHomework is also available on the web so you can quickly sync and access your homework from your computer at
  • The free app includes: Track your classes, homework, tests, assignments; Time & Block based class schedules; Beautiful calendar display; iPhone Retina display support;  Multitasking support; Universal (Both iPhone and iPad)


  • Easily manage your academic tasks & assignments and sync them into Evernote. 
  • Everstudent lets you keep track of your daily academic tasks with a simple yet elegant planner interface, while synchronizing with the greatest note-taking software, Evernote
  • Features: Organize your tasks and assignments by class; Add color codes to classes to organize and filter your assignments;  Add instructor, phone, email and other notes to classes and assignments;  Group your classes by semesters or terms;  Sync (one-way) your assignments and classes to Evernote to access them from any device or computer and to share with friends and family


  • Create MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book.
  • Build and manage your works cited then email your citations and export them to
  • Free version available on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad..


Apps to Organize Any Teacher 


  • Download Wunderlist, our free cloud-sync task manager, and share your lists with friends and colleagues.
  • The Wunderlist mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch will boost your productivity. Organize your to-do lists on the go and synchronize them with your free Wunderlist account.
  • View and modify your tasks on Windows, Mac, Linux,iPad, Android and the Web. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide use Wunderlist everyday. Wunderlist – your tasks anywhere, anytime.

Smart Seat

  • We love efficiency, simplicity, and productivity. We know your time is valuable. And we believe using paper for your seating charts is absolutely crazy!
  • Personalize seating chart: show student nicknames, full names, or photos plus nickname.
  • Record attendance by simply tapping on the student to mark Absent, Tardy, or Excused. Default state is Present.
  • Choose students at random for class participation and class discussion.
  • Use the “flashcard” feature to quickly learn student names. Toggle between photos and names by tapping on the class title at the top of the seating chart.
  • Tap on a student to access attendance history, notes, and to load a photo using your mobile device’s photo album or camera.


  • Create text, photo and audio notes that auto-synchronize your notes to your Mac orPC.
  • Makes text within snapshots searchable. Add, sync, access, and share files (PDF, Word, Excel, PPT, and more) among the different versions of Evernote.
  • Free version available on iPhone, iPod, Android, and Blackberry

Google Forms

  • Collect RSVPs, run a survey, or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Then check out the results, neatly organized in a Google spreadsheet.
  • I use Google Forms to create rubrics, collect sample student data, parent responses, and so much more. Here is a previous blog post with sample google forms I use in my classroom.
  • All your form data is automatically saved in Google Spreadsheets and stored in Google Drive. Access them wherever you go, from any device.
  • Video: How I use Google forms as rubrics in my classroom?
  • GradeCam is online software/application that allows teachers to scan grades directly into the gradebook that they are already using.
  • Grade tests and quizzes with any document camera or web cam.
  • Transfer scores, analyze results of exams, share results, and give students immediate feedback.


  • CamScanner turns your phone into a scanner and Fax. With CamScanner, you are able to digitize any paper documents by photo shooting.  
  • Simply take a picture of any paper documents such as receipts, whiteboards, notes, agreement and so forth, and CamScanner can auto-crop image, enhance image quality and create a PDF file.
  • The scanned documents can be shared via Email, faxed via Internet, uploaded to cloud like Dropbox, Google Doc,, and managed by tag, copy, move or search.

Google Voice 

  • Google Voice gives you one number for all your phones — a phone number that is tied to you, not to a device or a location.
  • Use Google Voice to simplify the way you use phones, make using voicemail as easy as email, customize your callers’ experience, and more.
  • Google Voice works with mobile phones, desk phones, work phones, and VoIP lines. There’s nothing to download, upload, or install, and you don’t have to make or take calls using a computer.

Useful Websites/Tools 

  1. Twitter (#sschat) has truly become one of the most inspirational ways I have created my own profesional learning community. Every Monday night at 7 PM EST teachers from around the country log into their twitter accounts and follow the hashtag #sschat. Every week there is a new discussion prompt or topic. It’s pretty AMAZING to say that I connect with hundreds of AWESOME social studies teachers from around the country EVERY week… actually everyday. Video about Twitter’s #sschat
  2. Teaching Generation Text- 5 Steps to Enhance Learning with Cell Phones Blog Post 
  3. 10 Proven Strategies to Break the Ban and Build Opportunities for Student Learning with Cell Phonesby George Engel, Rob Griffith, Scott Newcomb, Lisa Nielsen, Jason Suter, and Willyn Webb
  4. The NY Times article, “Teaching to the Text Message”, by teacher Andy Selsberg offers a variety of ideas for using text messaging in assignments.
  5. Here we have an eHow article, “Text Messaging Classroom Activities” that offers 4 different assignments based on text messaging.
  6. 10 Proven Strategies to Break the Ban and Build Opportunities for Student Learning with Cell Phones 
  7. Ways to Strengthen Home School Communication
  8. Can Cellphones Be Educational Tools? by Katherine Schulten
  9. 40 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the classroom 
  10. The Innovative Educator by Lisa Nielsen
  11. Looking to create a social media or BYOD policy? Look no further
  12. Learning Through Situated Simulations: Exploring Mobile Augmented Reality
  13. Why You Need A Mobile Learning Strategy
  14. St. Marys City Schools, Links To Other Case Studies, And News Articles
  15. 50+ Effective Mobile Learning Tips and Resources [PDF]– By Shelly Terrel
  16. Mobile Learning: Context And Prospects
  17. Mobile Learning Portal
  18. The State of Mobile Computing in America
  19. 3 Challenges Associated with Mobile Learning
  20. It’s Not eLearning On A Phone
  21. The Drive To Mobile Learning – More Potholes Than Road?
  22. Spotlight On Mobile Computing: Stories Of Mobile Learning
  23. Seriously Mobile: A Community For Mobile Designers To Learn From Each Other
  24. 7 Things You Should Know About Mobile Apps For Learning
  25. 10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For
  26. Mobile Learning: More than just Mobile + Learning
  27. Reporting & Analysis of Mobile Learning: Is It Worth It?
  28. At Last: Mobile Learning Goes Mainstream
  29. 10 Reasons To Consider Mobile Learning – Points Made By Chris Thomas, Chief Strategist For Intel
  30. Mobile Learning: Obstacles and Solutions
  31. Learning in Hand is a resource for educational technology by Tony Vincent. From netbooks and web applications to iPods, iPads, and podcasting, Tony has put together practical information for educators.
  32. Mobile Motivation: Mobile Learning Resources
  33. Mobile Learning

3 thoughts on “Mobile Devices

  1. Pingback: History and Technology Is A Perfect Pair | Classroom Aid

  2. Wow!! Thank you for this incredibly extensive list- I will be busy all summer!

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