387 Liz Kolb

Are Smartphones in the Classroom a Smart Move?

Liz Kolb reflects upon how far cell phones have come since she wrote one of the first books on cell phones in the classroom. Are Smartphones a good idea? We discuss the pro's and cons.

387 Liz Kolb

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Liz is a clinical assistant professor in education technologies at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She authored Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education (published by ISTE in 2008), Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for the K-12 Educator (published by ISTE in 2011), Help Your Child Learn With Their Cell Phone and Web 2.0 (published by ISTE in 2013), Learning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE in 2017). In addition, Liz has published numerous articles and book chapters on new technologies and education in prominent publications such as Education Leadership, School Administrator Magazine, Scholastic, Edutopia, ISTE's Edtekhub, and Learning and Leading with Technology. Liz has done consulting work and has been a featured and keynote speaker at conferences all over the United States and Canada.

Liz is currently co-chairing an auxiliary committee for the U.S. Office of Education Technology on sustainable professional development in teacher education. She is a MACUL board member and a member of the COSN advisory board for mobile learning and emerging technologies. She is passionate about engaging students in education and leveraging learning opportunity through digital technologies. Liz is also the creator and coordinator of the Triple E Framework (http://tripleeframework.com), which is an open-source framework for K-12 teachers and administrators to use to assess the effectiveness of technology in lesson plans. Liz runs a blog at http://cellphonesinlearning.com

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Emily Blake November 26, 2018 - 8:12 pm

I just listened to the 10 minute teacher show, and I do agree with a lot of the information that was discussed. I am an elementary education major, and since this topic is so new in schools, I feel like future teachers are still not being taught how to handle these kinds of situations in the classroom. I was wondering what you think should be taught to future educators to better prepare them for these new technologies arising in schools and/or classrooms?

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Meredith Luke November 26, 2018 - 8:37 pm

It is definitely difficult knowing what to do in the classroom. Smart phones are very useful in the classroom, but also can easily distract students from their learning and be hurtful to their learning. I enjoyed hearing the perspective from a teacher who deals with this controversy.

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