Cellphone Activities Make a Connection

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Sixth-graders in Michelle Labuski’s class at Great Hollow Middle School got to know their fellow classmates during the first week of school by engaging in a cellphone activity.

Each student received a cardboard cutout of a blank cellphone. Each phone had a space for nine apps and students chose what apps they wanted to put on their phone. In an effort to get to know each other better, each app featured something personal about the student. For example, under the Yelp app, students wrote their favorite restaurant. Under the contacts, students wrote about a person they’d like to meet or their family members. Twitter was 140 characters about themselves and Facebook was a picture from the first day of school. Students then shared their cellphone interests with each other.