Luv it….BYOD (Bring your own device) to the classroom.

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Nothing gets a kid more excited than when you tell them you will be using their cell phones in class. Talk about instant interest! AS IF you are actually going to let them text and “get away” with it!

I tried this experiment today with my 8th grade classes. We talked about Wiffiti,  a dynamic bulletin board that is sort of like Wallwisher on steroids. It provides a place where a person can create a “board” with a specific address to text to. It looks like this:

(see the actual board here)

Students can contribute to the board in one of three ways. They can text to the number at the top of the screen. They can send a “tweet” from their twitter account. Or, they can go to wiffiti.com and search for a discreet tag you have put to identify your board. Because they come up…

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Wiffiti is quickly becoming one of my favorite apps for using cell phones in the classroom. It has a clean interface and the time for text to screen takes only seconds. What this gives teachers is a platform for instant feedback that can also be seen by the entire class. I did a little searching this morning to see how others are using Wiffiti. Actually, I was surprised that more people haven’t written about using the tool in their classrooms. Information was sparse, but here’s a few good ideas that I came across:

1. The Traveling with Technology Blog shows using Wiffiti in a Spanish class to learn the subjunctive by having students write their examples on the Wiffiti board.

2. Liz Kolb, one of the pioneers on using cell phones in the classroom, has a great blog post showing how to use Wiffiti as a brainstorming tool.

3. The Teacher Tech Blog mentions that Wiffiti…

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