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Using mobiles in your classroom. Dr Andrew Lee Head of Juniors, St. Pauls School London, United Kingdom | Geography Secondary physics teacher Interested.

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1 Using mobiles in your classroom

2 Dr Andrew Lee Head of Juniors, St. Pauls School London, United Kingdom | Geography Secondary physics teacher Interested in social media and mobile tech Avid blogger Google certified educator Honarary geographer… Primary Geography Apple Distinguished Educator …In charge of the iPads

3 Objectives Learn to adapt our pedagogy to accommodate mobile phones Look at how to use mobile phones to distribute information See how mobile devices can be used to get contributions from students Get students interacting with each other Take away a toolkit of ideas that we can adapt and use

4 What youll need Essential A smartphone or tablet with internet connection Ability to access websites Ability to send s Barcode scanning app (for iPhone you can use RL Classic, Android use Barcode Scanner, BB has a barcode scanner too) Nice to have A Google/Gmail account A twitter account A facebook account [A posterous & bit.ly account] A computer You dont really need Loads of apps

5 Most people have one Cheap Access loads of information at your fingertips Ability to collect a range of data Instant access Connectivity An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator... these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is… Steve Jobs

6 Most people have them Distracting Lots of different systems and devices Difficult to input large amounts of text Accessing resources can be a little fiddly Ice cream sandwich Gingerbread Froyo iPhone 3G iPhone 4G iPad iPod touch Windows mobile 6 Windows mobile 7 Windows mobile 8

7 Distributing resources part 1 Using bit.ly Problem Typing in Long URLs makes accessing web resources difficult Solution Use a URL shortener. is a really useful onehttp://bit.ly Example shortens to on a phone you just need to type in bit.ly/lwM3DP

8 Distributing resources part 1 Using bit.ly Give it a go 1.Find the longest URL you can 2.Go to the address bar (in the iPhone you need to hold your finger down and drag to the start of the address. In Android, scroll to the left) 3.Type bit.ly/ (you may need to click 123 or Sym) 4.Press the big Shorten this link button* *I experienced some trouble with this on iPhone

9 Distributing resources part 1 Using bit.ly to make custom URLs Problem These new URLs are kinda…hard to type and remember? Solution Use bit.lys customization feature. You will need to sign in to use this* *I experienced some trouble with this on iPhone

10 Distributing resources part 1 Using bit.ly to make bundles Problem What if I have a lot of links I need to share? Solution Use bit.lys bundles feature. As far as I know you can only do this on a computer i.e. not yet in the mobile version, so you may need to use the Full site link at the bottom of the page if you are using your mobile https://bitly.com/tour/bundles/ Bundle for todays session

11 Distributing resources part 2 Reading QR codes Problem So weve made the process shorter but text entry is still pretty inefficient… Solution QR codes and they are what exactly…? iPhone/iPad Use the Red Laser/RL Classic barcode reader app Android Use the Barcode Reader App Blackberry Use the Scanlife App Instructions – line up the 4 corners so that they fit in the scanner. The device should read the address.

12 Distributing resources part 2 Using QR codes Q.R. – WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR …absolutely everything!* *(as long as its on the web and public)

13 Never heard of QR codes before this. They look really useful! I kinda wish I could run a lesson like this, the ideas seem sound …but QR codes look really hard to make. This lesson must have been really hard to put together

14 Its simple Mr Parrot. Just click Info+ next to the link you want in bit.ly Or you can just type.qrcode after your bit.ly link… You can do this with bundles too. As a Rhinocerous I find this really cool…. Wow. That was easy. How about showing me how this all meshes together? And lets try and fit in those iPhone users who are having trouble with bit.ly shall we…

15 Bringing it all together ytgeezer/ / 1 – make sure your phone has a barcode reader iPhone – RedLaser Android – Barcode Scanner 2 – Create a QR code using an online QR code maker e.g. 3 – Print your QR code and stick it where you need it

16 QR Codes What they do Takes long web addresses and turns them into a barcode Use barcode reader on phone to read the information Easy access to multimedia on phones Allows you to embed digital information in real locations Treasure hunt QR codes printed out and posted around campus Students learnt very quickly how to use QR codes to access information Information was also printed out as text in case of electronics failure

17 Distributing resources part 3 Developing custom resources *(as long as its on the web and public)

18 Distributing resources part 3 Developing custom resources *(as long as its on the web and public)

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20 Contributing resources part 1 Developing feedback forms in Google forms

21 Distributing resources part 1 Pros and cons of using Google applications One login for many applications Easy to get started Formatting is dynamic with native apps for Youtube, docs, maps on most platforms Privacy settings are consistent across all products Too big to fail? Some schools have blocks on certain products A little too basic Privacy settings are not perfect Different sites for every format of media

22 Contributing resources part 3 The Posterous advantage Posterous is quickly becoming my favourite educational blogging platform

23 Contributing resources part 3 The Posterous advantage Common blogging queries for an e-learning advisor Please show me how to set up a blog Can I (easily) get my students to share easily among themselves but not with anyone else? Is there any way students can share documents/videos/music/etc without having to reinvent the internet? Can you set up something where students can upload from their mobile phones?

24 Contributing resources part 3 The Posterous advantage Easy to set up. Privacy controls way too basic Not easy to set up for one off projects and costly Customisation for all the features needed takes too long Set up in seconds Privacy really well thought out No account set up for bloggers – post by Posterous takes and rearranges all media for you – upload anything you want!

25 [Password – Geography] -Just -Teacher moderates -Post automatically goes up online -Posterous handles most file types and formats them appropriately Contributing resources part 3 The Posterous advantage

26 Now your turn [Password – Geography]


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