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The folks at Celly are very service-oriented -- they want to help groups that can really benefit from Celly gain access to it. They've put together ideas for educators and a page full of actual examples and ways to implement them. There are also lots of everyday uses for Celly -- for example, a student who's sick or going to be absent can let you know using the service.
Celly for Leaders is a supplementary package with bonus features. For example, it allows teachers to create quizzes that can be graded and tracked within the site. It's $5 a month for educators, which isn't a bad deal if you're already successfully using Celly.Continue reading Show less
Celly is a website that allows users to create mobile social networks, called cells, that work with any mobile phone or device. Members can join instantly with one text and exchange group messages, polls, reminders, and web alerts. A cell can be a group of friends, a sports team, a community organization, or any number of people that would benefit from this kind of communication. Celly works from any phone or Web browser. You can send and receive group messages, polls, and alerts using SMS text messaging, email, or the Celly website.
Group membership and message content can be moderated for security and relevancy. Cells can be private or public and organized by name, topic, and geography. This makes Celly a great tool for large groups that need to coordinate but require user privacy. For instance, you can use Celly group texting to broadcast alerts, promote events, administer classrooms, enhance mobile learning, gather feedback, or just to keep in contact with your friends and family.
This is a really cool tool. Though it seems basic, it is a fantastic free resource that lets groups communicate. In addition to having a simple interface and being versatile, the site's creators have done a lot to help people learn the best ways to use the site for the greater good. To use it, all parties need to have access to a cell phone or computer, but students can also check Celly updates at the library or school, if necessary.
The privacy Celly maintains is a big draw. Users don't need to exchange personal information or phone numbers to communicate over Celly; everyone's known by their Celly username. Educators can also set privacy restrictions on who can join groups and who can send messages.
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
Follow rules for collegial discussions, set specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Follow rules for collegial discussions, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.
Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.