The idea of using cellphones occurred first because we know most students carry them all the time, so it is becoming an ubiquitous tool. The cellphones are also developing very powerful cameras, so it is definitely a smart choice for quality and independence. There has been a great debate though, about banning or embracing cellphones in schools, as discussed in the article Taming the Chaos by Dough Johnson. At Graded, “cellular phones may be used as educational tools with the permission of a classroom teacher” , as indicated at the Student Handbook. This use of cellphones for learning aligns with research about the impact of mobile devices in education that has been identified in The Horizon Report 2011 and has been restated at the 2012 Report through a focus on mobile Apps.
The video below shows students using different types of cellphones and iPads to record their artwork. Two digital cameras were also available in the classroom to be shared with anyone who did not have a camera device. This work was a collaboration between Ms. Jennifer Carpenter, the Visual Arts teacher, and Ms. Meneghini, the HS Academic Technology Coordinator. We are now looking forward to their ePortfolio updates!