Pull Out Your Cellphone

RCOE Google Educator Summer Camp 2016

Utilizing student's smartphones to support literacy, engagement, & student learning

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1. Use Emojis

Ideas on how to use emojis in the classroom:

1. Ticket out the door- Using only emojis summarize the notes

2. First day of school: Describe yourself using emojis

3. Describe a historic person or character from a novel using only emojis

4. Other ideas

What 3 emojis represent you

Using your phone or if using a computer use click this button

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2. 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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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. Click the button below to play!

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

6. Quizizz

What is Quizizz?

  • Online quiz creator that is super-easy to use for both student and teacher
  • Start a "Live" game in class, or assign Quizizz as a fun "Homework" task. You control the competition by toggling the leader board, timer and other settings.
  • Students play together, but each at their own pace. Gamfication elements like avatars, leader board and funny memes add to the fun! Review your work in the end.

  • WORKS ON ANY DEVICE not just phones

Copy this session code: 857955

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7. 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
  • Recommend using them for infograhics
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8. PicCollage

What is it good for?

  • Replace poster paper through PicCollage, add images, stickers, and text. This can be done on smartphones and tablets. (FYI- Many of my students uploaded their PicCollage Posters on a Padlet).


9. Buncee

What is it?

Similar to PicCollage as students can create on their phone using stickers, images, and text (also works on ANY device) but does so MUCH MORE. Its PicCollage on steroids. Perfect for making presentations on a smartphone and sharing it via hyperlink.

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10. 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

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11. 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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15. Last Tech Tool: SMORE

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).

See Tech Cheat Sheet for more Cell Phone apps & Webtools

Presenters: Amanda Sandoval & Shannon Bernard: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

US History & Biology Teachers + we teach Sheltered

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