Cell Phones are a tool that most professionals now own and use. There is little to no learning curve and little to no cost. The following uses of cell phones enhance a number of functions within the school community (even if you don't tweet). Cell phones are being seen by many administrators as a way to get out from behind their desk, away from the office, and become an active part of school! Instructions for all of these tools can be found in theTeaching Generation Text Get Started Guide or on the web links.
1. Group texting
- Emergency Response System
- PLC (Personal Learning Communities)
2. Individual texting
- intercom system
- Note taking
Principals can capture the activities of the school, text or email home, improve connections, build student/teacher self-esteem, and document incidents pictorially.
- Video Yearbook
4. Evaluation Ap
Smart Phone Ap and Web-based software for Teacher Evaluations
Power walk-throughs (McRel) All principals struggle with getting enough time in the classroom, doing a great job with observations, and having effective teacher evaluations. McREL has developed an ap that allows the principal to use a smart phone to support these needs. “Collect classroom observation data using most handheld devices, including iPad™/iPhone®/iPod Touch®, BlackBerry®, Android™, or Tablet PC. Easily upload data from your device to our Web-based software, which lets you analyze data with a variety of charts and graphs" (http://www.mcrel.org/powerwalkthrough)
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