Some Ideas to get you started…

  • 12 Most Useful Ways Kids Can Learn With Cell Phones
  • Calculators. Although most schools have them in math class, other classes that don't have them on hand for students can benefit from number crunching. For example, social studies students studying elections can quickly determine percentages of electoral votes or other scenarios. Science classrooms can use them to perform calculations related to fieldwork.
  • Digital cameras. Not all schools or classrooms are outfitted with digital cameras, although many can benefit from them. For example, students can use them to document a variety of things for multimedia presentations or reports. Fieldtrips can be documented and incorporated into digital travelogues.
  • Internet access. Many phones have wireless Internet access, thus opening up a world of possibilities for class use. Science students might conduct fieldwork and submit their observations or data to either an internal or external data gathering site. Students can subscribe to podcasts that you produce or offered by a multitude of other sources.
  • Emergency Response System
    Free group texting services such as Celly provide a free emergency notification system for principals to reach staff in the event of a snow day, school cancellations, crisis information, and updates. I used this just last week when the internet was down. I was able to send one quick text from home and let my staff know ahead of time that they needed to plan alternate lessons.
  • PLC (Personal Learning Communities)
    With a free group text messaging services such as GroupMe the weekly or montly PLC becomes a daily chat by having them become a group. Agenda items, successes, ideas, announcements, supportive messages, entire chats can all be done quickly through the cell phone or computer. The messages and replies automatically go to everyone. So much simpler and in the moment than email, the conversation is an instant chat, involves the entire group, and is documented online.
  • Note taking
    Principals are out and about in their schools and carrying around a notebook, or even an ipad gets in the way of interacting with students. The cell phone provides an unobtrusive, in the moment, way to take notes of good things kids are doing, thoughts during lunch duty, incident details, teacher observations, and anything that needs dealt with once he/she is back in the office. These can be used later to share with parents, for discipline conferences, and for personal records. WeTxt offers a way to text notes to an organized, searchable online notebook.

Polls and Quiz

  • Celly - is a platform of tools that enhances school communication
  • Poll Everywhere - It is the best way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices
  • Five ways to connect with parents using Poll Everywhere
  • EasyPolls - is a user friendly tool for creating online polls. It is free to use for everyone! Yes, there are premium features that cost a little, but you can create great polls without paying anything.
  • SMS Poll - is the easiest and fastest way to find out what your audience is thinking. Requiring no special hardware or software, you can create a poll in just a few seconds.
  • MobiOde - create mobile surveys and polls which collect data from mobile phones.
  • Mobile Study - create quizzes that can be downloaded directly to mobile devices.


  • 60 Way to use twitter in the classroom
  • TwileShare - is a free service that allows you to share files on Twitter. Upload and share anything from images, documents, PDFs, ebooks and more. Easy peasy.
  • GroupTweet – Allows you to post private message to a group of Twitter friends
  • OutTwit – A tool for Outlook that will send the latest tweets from your friends as incoming email messages.
  • Splitweet - This tool allows you to access multiple Twitter accounts and also be able to separate your educational and personal accounts from each other.

Digital Cameras and Camcorders

  • Flickr - Multiple ways to upload your photos to Flickr—through the web, your mobile device, email or your favorite photo applications.
  • tumblr - Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be.
  • YouTube - is available on game consoles, phones, tablets and smart TVs, allowing you to watch all of your favorite videos in full HD anywhere
  • Picasa -Upload and share your photos on Google
  • Qik – Share videos privately with family and friends, automatically post to social networks, or broadcast to blogs and video sites.
    Videos can be viewed live (right as they are being recorded) or anytime later.
  • Voicethread – create online media albums (images, documents and videos) and add comments using voice (microphone or phone), text, audio file, or video (webcam). A VoiceThread allows an entire group's story to be told and collected in one place.

Classroom Projects

More Resources

  • Feed2Mobile - a free service which offers a bridge between web-based and mobile content.
  • Mobango – a Universal Mobile Community that allows mobile phone users to publish, convert and share all kinds of user generated content via the web and mobile devices.
  • Odiogo - create text to speech and download directly to mobile devices. Odiogo turns blogs into podcasts.
  • ReadTheWords - a web based service that generates audio files from written material that can be listened to online, downloaded as an mp3 or embedded on a website or blog.
  • StudyCell - create flashcards online on a mobile phone or website.
  • Winksite - create a mobile site for daily assignments, m-blog, RSS feeds, links, etc.
  • Google Talk - Check out the following ways to chat on the web and on your desktop
  • WeTXT - provides free Group Text messaging on your mobile phone, on the web, and more..
  • Evernote - Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see. Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there.

Lesson Plans


QR Codes


Here are six free resources you can use to get started.
Poll Everywhere (
Poll Everywhere provides students with a simple method to share their ideas right from a phone, laptop, or tablet. The teacher can set up various free text polls to gather information from students and keep the responses private or make them public. Educators can view student responses in their web browser or download them as a spreadsheet.

Loca Moda (
Loca Moda allows students to submit a text message to an online bulletin board. The Loca Moda board is animated and students love the fake names it assigns to their posts. This easy-to-use tool enables your students to use the same technology that is viewed by thousands at large-scale events such as concerts, gallery openings, fundraisers, inauguration events, and political conventions. It is also used extensively in digital signage networks ranging from huge jumbotrons in places like Times Square to thousands of screens in cafes, entertainment centers and even churches.

Classpager (
Engage students with polls, exit tickets, event reminders, and more using ClassPager. Classpager allows students to use their own devices (phones, tablets, laptops, or other computers) to respond to questions or surveys that the teachers designs with simple text messaging. Questions can be both open response and multiple choice.

Twitter (
Twitter is a great tool for sharing, discovering, and connecting with others who care about the same ideas and information. You can use Twitter right on your phone without downloading any software, and even with just one teacher cell phone per class, contributions can be made and modeled anywhere, anytime. Twitter has become such a popular tool because it asks one question: "What's happening?" Answers must be under 140 characters in length and can be sent via mobile texting, instant message, or the web.

Like texting, the beauty of Twitter is that its core technology is a device agnostic system that lets the masses participate. Because of this, with just a cell phone in hand, Twitter makes it easy for folks to stay connected...even if all they have at their fingertips is sms. For example, anyone (in the US) can receive Tweets on their phone even if they haven’t signed up for Twitter. This is a simple way for people to get information they care about in real-time. For example, let’s say you want to get Tweets from me just text ‘follow InnovativeEdu’ to 40404. ( is primarily a free group texting service. Group texting saves time, improves communication, provides documentation of texts, and sets the stage for easily using many other cell phone tools. The Cells referred to in are instant mobile networks. With, you can have open group chat, one-way alerting, or a hybrid where curators can approve messages. also provides security and privacy as phone numbers are never exposed and there are controls. Cell curators filter messages before they are sent to the group. This keeps discussion on-topic and reduces abuse, impersonation, and cyberbullying. An @me feature lends itself to note taking. even has a built-in polling feature complete with the tabulation of results.

Socrative (
Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. The apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Enhancing learning with student response
Getting student responses when teaching is great, but you don’t need a costly devices to do so. You can use the tools mentioned here to enhance learning in many ways. Here are some ideas to get started.

  1. Set up a homework help poll for a particular assignment or unit of study. Students can simply text in the questions when they have them. This could set the stage beautifully for the next day's lesson enabling the teacher to differentiate instruction based on student need.
  2. Have students respond to a discussion topic. The teacher shares the topic and students text in their answers to be viewed publicly or privately by the teacher.
  3. Want a quick check for understanding? Poll your students. Want them to vote on a favorite character in a book? Poll your students. Collecting data on a science experiment? Poll your students.

These six tools provide educators with the ability to know what students are thinking at anytime and are also great pre and post assessment resources.