Bring It! Leveraging the Power of Your Mobile Device

April 8, 2016 with Tony Vincent

Technology has gone mobile and we can do incredible things with it in classrooms. Let's see how QR codes can make your class more efficient and interactive. And see how you can clone yourself with QR codes. We’ll spend time with Adobe Voice. Explore ways to make learning visual, whether it’s on an iPad, smartphone, or laptop. And, learn resources for finding mobile learning tools and ideas. 


  • 1:00-1:30 Mobile Learning & Interactivity
  • 1:30-2:00 Narrated Videos & Recording Your Own
  • 2:00-2:40 Digital Posters
  • 2:40-2:50 Mobile Learning Resources
  • 2:50-3:00 Wrap-Up Quiz Game
  • 3:00-4:00 Campus Facilitators’ Discussion with Speaker

Mobile Learning

Mobile learning uses whatever technology is at hand.

Infographics about mobile learning:


Poll Everywhere lets you visualize student responses. It's designed to show the whole class each response. It graphs multiple choice responses, displays text responses, and can generate live word clouds. Poll Everywhere is free for up to 40 responses per poll (unlimited polls).


Some alternatives to Poll Everywhere...

  • Use Post It Plus for iOS to quickly scan sticky notes. Use the app to capture, arrange, and share the notes.
  • Use Google Forms (part of Google Drive) to create surveys or collect information. Create a form and share the link with students. What you collect is placed into a spreadsheet inside your Google Drive. Check out Tony's Teaching Just Got Easier: Google Forms and Sheets page for directions and tips.
  • Plickers is a service where you use an iOS and Android app to scan a set of cards that students hold up to indicate their answers. Answers are instantly graphed and saved so you can review them later if necessary.
  • Use Socrative to collect responses from students. Questions can be multiple choice, true/false, and short answer. When creating a quiz, you indicate a correct answer (if there is one). Students can access your room by first going to and entering your room code. You can deliver questions in a teacher-paced mode so that you can go through the questions as a class. Or, you can deliver questions in student-paced mode where it's more like a quiz.

Bitlinks are shortened URLs. Paste a long web address into Click customize to make the bitlink easier to say aloud and type.

QR Codes

QR codes are great for providing explanations (among many other things).  Use the i-nigma app (iOS, Android, Fire) or (Mac, Windows) or ScanQR (Chromebooks & Chrome Web Browser on Mac and Windows) to scan codes and to create them. Read lots more about QR codes and watch Tony's video. The printer he uses to make stickers with QR codes is available on Amazon.

Make any Photo or Video into a QR code with OneDrive

  1. Open OneDrive and sign in.
  2. Click the three dots and choose Add Items.
  3. Choose your existing video and click Upload.
  4. Wait for upload to complete and click the video.
  5. Click the Share menu and click Copy Link.
  6. Open Safari and go to, choose URL, and paste the web address.
  7. Download the QR codes as a PNG or JPEG. 

Make any Photo or Video into a QR Code with Google Drive

  1. Open the Google Drive iOS or Android app and sign in.
  2. Click the + button at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Click Upload Photos or Videos
  4. Click to select your video.
  5. Click the blue check button.
  6. Wait for the upload to complete.
  7. Go to on your laptop.
  8. Find your uploaded video in the list and click to select it.
  9. Click the Get Link icon in the toolbar near the top left of the page.
  10. Click Sharing Settings.
  11. Change to "Anyone with the link."
  12. Click Save.
  13. Copy the link that is displayed in the Sharing settings.
  14. Open your web browser and go to
  15. Click the URL tab and paste into the box.
  16. Now you have a QR code you can display or download and save!

Make any Photo or Video into a QR Code with Dropbox

  1. Open the Dropbox iOS or Android app and sign in.
  2. Click Files and then click the three dots.
  3. Choose Upload File and pick the photo or video you want to upload.
  4. Click Upload and wait for it to complete.
  5. Click the arrow next to the uploaded file.
  6. Click Send Link.
  7. Click Copy Link.
  8. Open your web browser and go to
  9. Click the URL tab and paste into the box.
  10. Now you have a QR code you can display or download and save!

Read more about cloning yourself with QR codes.

Create up to 100 QR codes at once using's bulk QR code generator.


Padlet is a free website where you can create a wall. You can open the wall up for others to post. Posts can have text and allow for uploads and links. On an iPad you can only upload photos and videos. Watch Tony's video for lots more about Padlet.

Suggested Padlet Wall Settings:

  • Log into
  • Click the Modify Wall button.
  • Under profile, give your wall a title and description.
  • Under Layout, change from Freeform to Stream or Grid.
  • Under Privacy, checkmark Moderate posts.
  • Under Address, give your wall an easy to type web address.
  • See the QR code under the Share menu.


Narrated Videos

Adobe Voice is a great app for making narrated slideshows. Each page of a show can have images and text. You record your voice for each page and then save as a video. The video can be saved to an iPad's camera roll or uploaded to Adobe Voice's website (and you are provided with a link to copy). Adobe Voice requires logging in with a free Adobe ID. If students use this, be sure to remind them to log out.

If you're on an iPad, Shadow Puppet Edu is a great app for narrated slideshows. It requires no login and saves to the Camera Roll or uploads to the website.

The Ikea Effect is the name for the psychological phenomenon that occurs when consumers place a disproportionately high value on products they partially created. Researchers found that when people use their own labor to construct a particular product, they value it more than if they didn’t put any effort into its creation.

DIgital Posters

Pic Collage is an app for iOS, Android, and Windows 10 for combining photos and text boxes into one image. The image can be saved to your Camera Roll and then shared. is a web-based app for making designs and collages. You can create and save without a login.

Keep Learning

Keep learning on Twitter! Search for the hashtags #BYOTchat, #ipaded, #edtechchat, #mobilelearning, and #highered.

You might like entering these Twitter search terms into Flipboard (you may have to use the iPad or Android app to do this).

  1. Enter hashtags separated by OR into Flipboard's search. Example: #ipaded OR #highered
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the search results and click Social Network Results.
  3. Click the Twitter search.
  4. Click the Follow button near the top left of the screen.

Quiz Show

Quizizz is similar to Kahoot, where students compete to answer a series of multiple choice questions. You can create your own questions or use some from Quizizz's public library. When ready to play, you display the web link and game code for students to enter. After each game, you get a chart showing how each student performed. Read more about Quizizz.


"We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflection on experience." –John Dewey

Get a random reflection question at to know how Tony created that page with a random question? Read Take a Chance with This HTML.

Campus Faciliators Discussion


Live Notes

Here's our Callabpad. Feel free to enter your own notes:


"Knowledge Nuggets" can be a great fit with mobile learning.



Use Adobe Slate (iPad only and a free Adobe ID is required) to create classy web pages. Read Tony Vincent's post Create Elegant Web Pages with Adobe Slate.


Combine media into fancy webpages with Office Sway. Sway requires a free Microsoft account and is available for iOS, Windows, and on the web.  The web version at works find on Android devices.

Finding copyright friendly images

Find More Apps and Resources has an extensive database of tools and resources, all reviewed by educators. You can select a topic, grade, and/or standard.