Have you ever wanted to quickly send out an image to your students in a BYOD or multi-device room? Maybe it's a quiz question, a writing prompt, or an image to provoke conversation, but many of us have had those instances in which a simple share would suffice. The only problem? We don't want to text our students with our own cell numbers. Google Voice is great, but you don't have the freedom to do what Chirp can do in this case. So, let's run down how this works:
All devices in the room have the Chirp app downloaded onto them. This is a device agnostic app, so a BYOD classroom is the perfect place to try it out.
Have all devices open the Chirp app
The instructor (or the sender) selects the desired image and presses the yellow button to "Chirp" it out to all within range
All within range will receive the image
Anyone who would like can save the image to his/her camera roll on the device that they are using
That's it. No texting, no sharing of numbers, no repercussions (as long it is used appropriately, of course). Just a simple way of sharing images to the class. This is all made possible because of frequency transmission. If you think about it, this is how most electronic wireless communication takes place. The Chirp app is just putting it to good use in a way that can help teachers communicate messages with students in an effective manner.
For more information about this great use of technology, you can go here, email us or find us on twitter to discuss the applications of Chirp in your classroom.