Mobile Learning with Kids! Tips and Resources by Scott Newcomb

Interview 6 of Twittering for Education

In companies worldwide, employees will be expected to conduct business on a Blackberry, Iphone, laptop, or other handheld device. I remember my experience receiving a cellphone. I remember the first time texting and trying to read on my mobile device. There was definitely a comfort I had to learn to achieve and I’m still learning daily how to effectively collaborate and develop professionally using my Iphone. Students today shouldn’t have to go through this learning process because this is the world they now live in. These devices were already being used for worldwide communication and collaboration when they were born. This is why mobile learning should be part of the curriculum and I’m excited to see this learning take place. What does effective mobile learning in schools look like? Are children responsible with these devices? Are these devices really used to improve writing skills? Do children actually collaborate and problem solve with them? I’m sure you’ve had these questions. For this reason, I was excited that Scott Newcomb, @SNewco, answered these questions in a recent video interview! He is a teacher who uses mobile learning devices to teach his 4th graders!

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Bio

Scott Newcomb, @snewco, has taught for 10 years and works with 4th graders at St. Marys Intermediate School. This is a public school in its 3rd year using mobile learning devices with their students. Scott helped organize and participated in the first Mobile Learning Technology Conference in Ohio in May of 2009. Scott has helped with professional development training for staff members using smartphone computers. He has presented about Mobile Learning at the E-Tech Ohio Conference, Mobile Learning Technology Conference in Ohio 2009-2010, OSBA Conference, and the ISTE Conference in Denver, CO.  He has also conducted webinars on the topic of mobile learning for Classroom 2.0 Live and EdTech Talk.

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Previous Interviews

Check out the previous interviews Twittering for Education- Jo and Phil Hart, Twittering for Education- Eric and Melissa Sheninger, Twittering for Education- Will and Elle Deyamport, Connected Principals- George Couros, and 1:1 Programs- Rich Kiker!

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Investigate ways to have your students use mobile learning devices.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

6 comments

  1. Scott, I really like the way you are using cell phones for collaborative writing projects. Loved hearing about the way that your school is using mobile technology to improve student learning.

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