Middleschoolcomputerlessons.com is a great source for middle school computer lessons, what about using cell phones in the classroom?
Well, in the district that I work in, Kids are not allowed to have their cell phones during the day. They are supposed to be kept in their lockers. So, using cel phones to integrate technology into the classroom is a tricky subject with the administration. Middle school computer lessons is all about interesting students with technology then hooking them into the lesson, so they are learning how to apply the technology instead of just learning how to use it. Cell phones could be a great way to hook kids into the lesson that you are trying to teach.
To a middle school student, a cell phone is their most prized possession. Think about it, it looks really cool, you communicate with your friends with it, and having one is sort of a right of passage. A phone to a 13 year old is like a mustang to a 16 year old. And if there was a day where your teacher asked you to bring your mustang to class….you would be pumped.
I drank the cool aid and asked all my students to bring their phones one day. With the blessing of the administration and my fingers crossed, I just did it. The students we’re really excited, but a lot of issues came up…
However I also got a really cool middle school computer lesson out of it!
I’ll Tell you more tomorrow…
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