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#1 Jeremy H

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 07:54 PM

Hi

For the first time ever I asked my sixth formers to use their smart phones in a lesson today.
We are studying 19th century Irish nationalism and rather than booking out an IT suite I asked them to use their phones to research Isaac Butt and Charles Stuart Parnell before feeding back.
The research phase worked beautifully but the feedback was a little clunky as they wrote notes on paper (!!) about the character the other half of the class had researched.

I sat there thinking there must be a better way than this. I know about lino, wallwisher and the like which I often use for collaborative research projects and I thought there must be a similar smart phone app out there which students could use to share notes in a lesson like this.

Any ideas?

Thanks in anticipation
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#2 Dave Wallbanks

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:21 PM

How about sharing photos/ diagrams created in class using their cameras via bluetooth or uploading them to a blog or flickr account. Alternatively you could ask them to add info to a blog on a given theme. They could write a tweet and post it using an appropriate hashtag. Alternatively bluetoothing notes or creating QR codes of their notes and posting them online for sharing.
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#3 Dan Moorhouse

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 09:19 AM

http://www.grouptweet.com/ would be handy for this sort of collaboration.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 10:44 AM

If they have a BlackBerry, they can broadcast a message. iPhones can do this with iMessage or (I think) by using WhatsApp Messenger.

#5 Dan Moorhouse

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:58 AM

http://cel.ly/ is a site that collates text messages by group. It looks pretty secure and is free... though obviously sending the sms in the first place might not be...

#6 Jeremy H

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 10:21 PM

Thanks all for your tips. I like the suggestion of http://cel.ly/ but am concerned that these could be premium rate texts? I cant find anything about cost of messages on the website - has anybody used it out there?

A possible solution could be to purchase a PAYG mobile for the department (or recycle one of my old ones) and ask the students to text answers through - I know there are web text services out there which I could possibly project onto the board whilst the replies come in - does anybody have any experience of this - would it work?

Am I asking for trouble?




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