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Your students’ phones

and tablets (multi-
platform, internet-
connected devices)
BYOD = Bring Your
Own Device
Fighting Fire with Fire:
Using Cellphones to Support, not Distract from
ESL Lessons in the BYOD Classroom

Socrative Instructions
• Go to
• Do not log in!
• Go to “Student Join Room”
• Type 4abbc56a

Poll Everywhere Instructions
Three ways to vote:
• Text 37607 and type
796850 + your message
• Tweet @poll and type
796850 + your message

Nearpod Log-in Instructions

To join our presentation
• Go to
• Do not sign in!
• Scroll over to “Join
• Type in our session key

Contact Me

Courtney Elizabeth King
Central Michigan University

Rosen (2010) suggests that students today have been “rewired”
and demand the use of technology in the classroom if we want them to
remain engaged.
Haintz, Pichler, and Ebner (2014) claim that “the simplicity of
the system and the usage of the BYOD policy led to a high acceptance
and a high participation from lecturers and students. Lecturers
mentioned the higher attention and engagement of the students during
lecture” (p. 54).
Al-Okaily (2013) found that “a BYOD policy is both practical and
can be effectively implemented in an English Language Program” (p. 3).
Melhuish and Faloon (2010) detail all the ways that iPads trump
all of the mobile learning platforms that have come before, offering
hope and excitement for their potential, focusing on the apps we will
discuss today.
Ferriter (2010) aptly states that “efforts to eliminate cell phone
use are also short-sighted, especially in an era when fewer dollars are
available for classroom supplies” (p. 85).
Gabarre, Gabarre, Din, Shah and Karim (2014) conducted a
learner-centered study in a foreign language classroom in which
students were overwhelmingly in favor of the use of iPads.

Those in Favor
Those Opposed
Gary Stager (2011), an educator who pushed America to buy
laptops for every student, notably called BYOD the worst invention of
the 21
century on his blog (and has been repeatedly quoted since).
End, Worthman, Matthews, and Wetterau (2010) conducted a
study that proved that a cellphone ring (or even vibration) can
significantly reduce the ability for all students in the classroom to learn.
They suggest that cellphones should be banned from classrooms
entirely (p. 57).
Literature Review
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• Import Powerpoints
• Quizzes (ID or name)
• Polls (ID or name)
• Twitter feeds
• Drawings
• Short answer/essay
• PDF reports
• All-in-one
sess/survey tool
• Review guide
• Syllabus
• Group assessment
• Polls (anonymous)
• Quizzes (name or ID)
• Download report as
.xlsx, .pdf, Google
• Download or upload
to Google Drive folder
• Reliable Web,
Android and iOS apps
• Polls
• Quizzes
• Exit tickets
• Midterm or quarter
progress reports
• Group member
feedback forms
• Polls (anonymous)
• Multiple choice or
likert, T/F, short
• Text with non-
smart phones, Web,
Twitter submission
• Polls
• Brainstorming
• Planning
• Gauging
App Summaries
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Free or
Free or
Why Use It?
How Will It Improve My Classroom Practice?
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Which Technology is Best for the Situation?
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Test the new technology you chose to see if it’s right for you!
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• Not all students have internet-
connected devices (if they don’t, you
can’t have a BYOD classroom).
• Students with newer devices will have
fewer problems accessing materials.
Technology Glitches
• Technology fails us sometimes. And
always at the worst times.
• It will be perfect when you practice it
for your cat/significant other/mirror.
Everything will go wrong the next day.
• Have a back-up plan!
• If you don’t feel comfortable trying
these methods, you do not have to try
them. Your students can tell if its
uncomfortable and they won’t follow
along as excitedly as they might if you
present it with pride and confidence.
• It takes practice. Your cat/significant
other/mirror will hate you for it.
• You need the time it takes to practice
and get good at it. Most of us don’t
have that time.
• Youtube is there for you.

Known Issues
Al-Okaily, R. (2013). Device neutral assignments for mobile learning in an
English language classroom. QScience Proceedings, 29.
End, C. M., Worthman, S., Matthews, M. B., & Wetterau, K. (2010). Costly
cellphones: The impact of cell phone rings on academic performance.
Teaching of Psychology, (37), 55-57.
Ferriter, W. M. (2010). Cellphones as teaching tools. Educational
Leadership, 68(2), 86-86.
Gabarre, C., Gabarre, S., Din, R., Shah, P. M., & Karim, A. A. (2014). iPads in the
foreign language classroom: A learner’s perspective 3L: The Southeast
Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 20(1), 115–128.
Haintz, C., Pichler, K., & Ebner, M.(2014). Developing a web-based question-
driven audience response system supporting BYOD. Journal of Universal
Computer Science, 20(1), 39-56.
Melhuish, K. & Falloon, G. (2010). Looking to the future:
M-learning with the iPad: Computers in New Zealand Schools: Learning,
Leading, Technology, 22(3).
Rosen, L. D. (2010). Rewired. New York: Palgrave-McMillan.
Stager, G. (2010, October 8). BYOD – Worst Idea of the 21st Century?.
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