I was feeling unusually energetic at a co-ordination meeting last week (too much coffee no doubt) and I managed to A) convince my HOD that cell-phones in the classroom ”is probably worth looking into” provided that “you can get the administration to see things your way” , B) blackmail talk my dear teaching partner Çiğdem into joining the madness project.
Now we have three weeks to come up with a brilliant presentation which will convince the administration that mobile phones should be allowed in the grade 8 English classrooms when we return to school in September. So far we’ve brainstormed a list of questions we believe they’ll want answered in order to give us the thumbs-up.
1. Obviously we’ll have to make our objectives clear. What exactly do we want the kids to learn? (and whatever it is better be on the curriculum list for grade 8). 2. How is it going to happen? They may not need detailed lesson plans but a rough plan would probably be wise. 3. The million-dollar question: Why in God’s name do we absolutely have to use cell-phones to get it done, especially seeing as they are banned at our school? 4. How are we going to make sure the phones end up functioning as tools for learning rather than as tools for distraction? Finally, 5. How do we intend to measure our success (or utter lack of such)? How will we know whether or not the phones helped our students learn (or at least made the process of learning more fun for them)?
Lots of questions and few answers, yet. I’m hoping to have them all ready in a few weeks and then post “the brilliant plan” here… In the meantime I’d sure appreciate any hints, tips and links/resources that could help answer one or more of the above 5 questions! It would be really great if I could find teachers involved in similar “experiments” in a regular Primary School and with teenagers or YL (not adults/young adults, and not at an evening/weekend course or “language school”). Anybody?
Wish me luck!