How Will You Use Your Smartphone for Good? #UseIt4Good

By Shannon Gurnee
In Cell Phone
November 20, 2015


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Most of my life, I’ve wanted to be a teacher. No joke! When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a doctor, but when I really started looking at potential careers, I fell in love with the idea of teaching. My grandma and grandpa on my dad’s side were both teachers and they inspired me to want to be a teacher as well. As I went through college, I changed my major about 10 times and 7 of those times I changed it to Elementary Education. When I got closer to graduation, it was just time to graduate and I ended up finishing with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Science with a Minor in Business Management. To this day, if I were to work for another career, it would be that of a teacher. 

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As a young woman, I was blessed to have amazing teachers! They were teachers who were stern, nurturing and encouraging. They pushed me to learn as much as I could and do the best I could – essentially becoming the woman I am today. Even though I’m not a teacher myself, I try to do as much as I can to help and support those teachers in our children’s lives. I do a lot of that through the use of my phone.

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Our mobile devices do so much for us today! We can connect with family and friends, research topics and everyday issues and share experiences with the world through words and pictures! Mobile devices also inspire people and connect communities. They’ve shown to be a powerful tool for good. One can #UseIt4Good simply by brightening someone’s day through an encouraging text, or changing someone’s life through a connected charity. In our life, we’ve used our mobile devices to do good, especially when it comes to education. 

How can you use your mobile device to #UseIt4Good when it comes to education? We have a few different ways!

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1 – Purchase books for the classroom. We love to order books, especially through Scholastic. Remember those newspaper issues we received in school filled with books when we were in school? Now it’s as simple as entering your teacher’s classroom ID and ordering both books for your child and the classroom. Sometimes the teachers have wish lists or you can just give them a gift certificate to purchase the books they’d like to have. 

2 – Purchase supplies for the classroom. I love to order things online and have found it super easy to order office supplies, snacks and other goodies for use in the classroom. In fact, I can order them all from my home and even have them delivered directly to the school! It’s as easy as the push of a button!

3 – Donate money to help buy things for the classroom. Both my husband and I love to purchase things online. We also love to help our teachers monetarily any time we can. An easy way to do that is by purchasing a gift card. You can do that through or a variety of other store sites. They can then buy snacks, office supplies and a number of other items to help run their classroom efficiently.

4 – Send pictures that will last a lifetime. As a work-at-home mom, I have loved going on field trips with our kids. I am one of those eager parents who actively get involved and begin snapping pictures without even having to be asked to do so. On the last few field trips, I’ve actually used my phone to send those photos directly to the teacher’s emails. They’ve been truly grateful and have loved the photos I sent to them!

5 – Enroll in programs that donate money to your school. We all need to buy groceries, so why not have a percentage go to your school? Through our mobile devices, we can sign up for programs like or With these programs, a percentage of our purchases is donated to our schools to help fund programs and purchases needed for educating our children.

There are so many different ways we can use our mobile devices to make a difference in our communities. We can make a difference in our communities, in our education system and with the military! To learn more about #UseIt4Good, be sure to follow AT&T on Twitter and Facebook and Connect To Good on Twitter.

How will you use your mobile devices to #UseIt4Good?

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Shannon Gurnee (formerly Shannon Gosney) is the author of The Mommy-Files, a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

23 Responses to “How Will You Use Your Smartphone for Good? #UseIt4Good”

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  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    That is awesome. I always send supplies in with my kids for their classrooms 🙂

  3. Felicia says:

    It is so true that you can use your mobile phone for so much good. I am thankful for the connection and being able to just send a simple “how are you doing” to a friend that I haven’t connected with in a while. Thanks to AT&T for bringing this to light.

  4. I think this is a fantastic idea. I’m always on the lookout for ways I can give back. Thank you!

  5. Janet W. says:

    Fantastic ways and ideas to give back!

  6. There’s an app called Charity Miles that uses your daily run to donate to charity banks. It’s great app that I use when training. Phone for good!

  7. Jennifer says:

    my kids always bring home the scholastic flyers. I had no idea you could order online and also donate to the classroom. I’ll definitely look into that next time and if I don’t see anything, ask about it.

    I also didn’t know about the escrip and Target pages. Those are great resources to help out

  8. Catherine S says:

    These are all great ways to give back. I need to figure out what I can do.

  9. Liz Mays says:

    I love the ways we can all #useit4good. There are so many great ways to help out our family, our friends and our communities.

  10. Shell says:

    I use mine to buy books all the time. I love the Scholastic orders!

  11. Marcie W. says:

    I love these do good gestures and really appreciate how simple they are. I would like to earn as much money for our school as possible since they are a charter and get less state funding than their public counterparts.

  12. Jeanine says:

    What a great way to give back. I’ve never really thought of using my phone for anything…. This is great. I need to buy books for my kiddos, so this is great.

  13. Pam says:

    I love that there are so many ways you can use your smartphone to help education. That’s really great because almost everyone has a smartphone these days so we can all do something.

  14. I did not know you could use your smartphone to give back. This is very interesting to me as I love to give back to the community.

  15. Chasing Joy says:

    It’s great that smartphones are being utilized to give back. I have many teachers in my family who’d like this.

  16. Valerie says:

    These are all great things to do with a cell phone. Thanks for the reminder.

  17. Donna says:

    I didn’t realize how much you could do with your cell phone. I am sure teachers love this.

  18. We did a similar program with Target for our schools but when buying live. I think it’s great they have this option for cellular purchases too!

  19. Crystal says:

    I didn’t know how many different ways there were to help. I collect Boxtops and send in requested donations, but I can definitely do more to help.

  20. Theresa says:

    I had no idea you could use your phone to help the schools that much! We live in a poor community where the school never has funds for extras. Finding ways to give back with the phone would surely help our district!

  21. Christie says:

    Wow there’s definitely so many ways to use your phone for good this season! I love these ideas, especially for teens

  22. Nicole Escat says:

    Back in the days when we are the ones who goes to school as students, we don’t have yet smartphones to help us in our studies. But now, technology has helped a lot both the students and the teachers as well. We can use our mobile phones indeed for good! I love these ideas

  23. These are such great uses for your smartphone! If there is ever a professional that could use all our support it’s our kids teachers.

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