Pull Out Your Cellphone

National Association for Bilingual Education Conference 2016

Utilizing student's smartphones to support SIOP implementation, engagement, & student learning

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1. Google Searching during Lecture

Include stopping points in your lectures where students have to research what terms mean before you tell them.

  • For example- I put a spinning wheel in my PPT.
  • Spin the wheel and have students google search on their phones the word you want them to learn: for example, "Robber Barons"
  • Using their white boards (unless acting out) students will explain the term using what the wheel assigns
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2. Google Translate

  • Best Translator around. Works for almost all our languages!
  • Students can quickly use to translate an entire website reading
  • Can use camera option to quickly scan and translate words
  • For students who are illiterate even in their L1 it can read them the text
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If you have Google Translate on your phone try it out by translating the text below.

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Sheltered student translating his history test to Mandarin

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3. Remind

What is Remind?

  • Remind lets educators send quick, simple
  • messages to students and parents on any device—no smartphones necessary.
  • Your personal contact information stays private, and you can access your full message history at any time.
  • Remind is free to use for educators, students, and parents.
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L1's represented below: Spanish, Arabic, Vietnamese, Korean, & Mandarin
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4. Heads Up/Charades

Heads Up is a fun game you can download on your smartphone. I Highly recommend the $1 cost of this app to play with friends and family. It also allows you to build your own deck. allowing you to create your own deck of content vocab words to review with your kiddos. It is an additional $1 to build your own deck.


Get the knock off version for FREE which also allows you to build your own deck--Charades!

  • Have students make a deck based off the unit vocab to review & play in small groups.

LETS PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!

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5. Kahoot.it


1. Go to your internet & in the URL type kahoot.it

2. Log in with the class code

3. Write your nickname



  • Add a video from youtube to the "lobby" while you wait for all the students to log in
  • Search the PUBLIC kahoots>duplicate whichever you want to steal and edit for your classroom use
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6. QR Codes

    What are they?

    A Quick Response Code is a digital image that can be scanned without the beam of light needed to scan barcodes at the supermarket.

    How to use it

    They can be scanned using one of the many free QR scanner apps available for smart phones and tablets. When you scan the code, you'll be taken directly to a website.

    How to Create a QR Code

    –Go to www.qrstuff.com

    –Copy the URL you want to link the code to or type the text you want.

    –Save the QR image and paste to your handout.

  • QR Code Ideas
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7. PicCollage

What is it good for?

  • Replace poster paper through PicCollage, add images, stickers, and text. This can be done on smartphones and tablets.


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8. Padlet

What is Padlet?

  • Padlet is a website that can be turned into a virtual wall.

  • Once the wall has been created anyone can easily post to the wall. No login necessary they just need the link to the wall. Can be accessed via ipad & iphone app as well.

What can Padlet be used for?

  • Class word walls

  • Submitting digital work

  • Creating your own website of resources

  • Group Collaborating

  • Individual vocab

  • Reflecting

  • Brainstorm


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9. Camera- Photobooth

  1. Turn a corner of your classroom into a photo booth area

  2. Provide some cheap props or have students make their own

  3. Students will use their own phones to take photos

  4. Have students accompany their photo creating a story which utilizes specified content vocabulary

Camera - Photo Scavenger Hunt:

  1. Have students take photos for a photo scavenger hunt

10. Flipgram:

What is Flipgram?

It is an app for phones & tablets where students can import photos they took or found online which is then transformed into a video slideshow. Students can add music and captions.

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11. One MORE tech tool

This entire presentation was made using a FREE webtool called smore.com. Have your kiddos show what they know using smore.com (cannot be made on the phones-sorry).
Presenters: Amanda Sandoval & Shannon Bernard (CNUSD Content Sheltered Teachers)

asandoval@cnusd.k12.ca.us & sbernanrd@cnusd.k12.ca.us