Don't Put Your Phones Away: Using Cellphones to Engage Students in Real-time

Concurrent Session 4

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Faculty will integrate technology with devices students already have in their pockets


Shani Suber is English Faculty at North Lake College in the Dallas County Community College District. She has taught English, Developmental Writing, and English as a Second Language courses. Over the past few years, Shani has presented multiple technology tools as an innovative way to deliver content for students, faculty, and administrators. Students are engaged and challenged in their learning as they explain, analyze, and present their ideas creatively using a variety of digital tools. They not only expand their knowledge with content, but gain a technology skill to apply in their future classes and jobs. Shani is passionate about igniting students' awareness of their role as active and self-directed learners in their education.
March, 2016 (Update) Throughout the years, Sherry has built a diverse career in teaching, directing, conducting diversity workshops, distance education workshops, and acting. She has performed for Casa Mañana in Ft. Worth, Texas, Dallas Theatre Center, Theatre Three, and regional theaters on the east coast. Sherry has taught students from elementary school through undergraduate students in public and private institutions. She received her BS in music, MA in theatre from Texas Woman’s University and currently completing her dissertation on Theatre and Distance Education from Texas Tech University. She will graduate in August 2016 with her PhD in Fine Arts. At present, Sherry R. Boyd is the Humanities faculty and coordinator for North Lake College in Irving, Texas, a member of the distance education faculty professional development team and chair of the Teaching and Learning team.

Extended Abstract

Smartphones are an integral part of our student's lives and many times faculty require students to put their cells phones away. In this session, we will help faculty integrate technology students already have in their pockets by using Padlet, Kahoot, Zaption, and QR codes to help facilitate this integration. These apps will create another way for students to be interactive in the classroom. Padlet is a virtual wall that opens up the possibilities of ideas by inserting pictures, videos or web links. It has a built-in QR code and embedded code for students to interact real time using computers, phones or tablets. Kahoot creates a fun learning game in minutes made from a series of multiple-choice questions. It also gives the instructor the ability to survey the room on a current assignment in real time. Zaption transforms video-based learning with interactive content and tools that engage learners, deepen understanding, and track progress. It allows you to flip the classroom as well as use the video in real-time in your classroom. This session will offer concrete ways faculty can use Padlet Kahoot, Zaption and QR codes in the face-to-face classroom, the blended classroom and the online classroom. Participants will need 2-minute completed video, a laptop to create a Zaption video and Kahoot quiz, and a tablet or phone for Padlet.

Learning Objectives
Create an interactive video with Zaption to support your teaching.
Design a five-question quiz with Kahoot
Design a Padlet for use in you classroom