Cell Phones in the ClassroomPresentation Transcript
Cynthia DeWitte Educ. 8823 Computer Technology and Multimedia
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Why incorporate cell phones into the classroom?
Top Ten Reasons
17 million teens in the U.S. have a cell phone.
Parents want their children to have them.
Multiple Built-in Features
Students with Disabilities
Teens and Cell Phones
17 million U.S. teens have a cell phone
4 out 5 teens or 79% (CTIA, 2008)
Spend an average of 20 minutes a day sending and receiving text messages. (Duke Center for Instructional Technology, 2008)
66% of teens wish their cell phones would be used to present education anywhere in the world . (CTIA, 2008)
Facing the Parents
Parents want to be in touch with their kids.
95% of parents would rather they remain in control of their child's cellular-phone use, rather than have the school set the rules, citing safety and scheduling concerns (techweb, 2006)
96% of kids communicate with a parent on a daily basis via a cell phone. (PR Newswire)
3.3 billion active cell phones.
850 million PCs.
1 billion text messages are sent everyday.
The average SMS is read in 15 minutes and responded to within 60 minutes.
How can teachers use this tool to enhance learning?
Calendar: Daily assignment reminder
Alerts: Bring lunch money, club dues, return library book.
All with one tool in the palm of your hand.
NPR – 1-202-609-7549
Skip news you don’t want
Replay news stories
Learns what you like
Disadvantage (robotic voice)
What are the benefits for teachers and students?
Chacha – Call 1-800-Cha-Cha or text ChaCha (242242)
Sample text: What is the chemical symbol for Iron?
Chacha response (32 seconds): Iron’s chemical symbol is Fe. Its atomic number is 26; its atomic mass is 55.845 amu.
Use of Resources
Set up an account
Enter your password and login
Record your podcast.
Blog integration and Automatic RSS Feeds.
Works the same as Gabcast.
Allows users to stream video live from their cell phone to the web: blogs, Twitter, or web sites
Phone needs to have a data plan.
Speech to Text Translation
Jott Feeds: Listen to text-based web pages
Text4deaf.com :2-way text messaging, text from computer to cell phone – unlimited for $2. 95 per month or $19.95 per year.
Dial2do.com: free service- send emails, text messages, reminders from your cell phone
YouMail.com : sends your voice mail to you in an email or a text message. The service is free.
Do you see a use for these services in your classroom?
So, should we continue to ban them in our schools?
As with all emerging technologies, weighing the benefits against the possible disadvantages is critical.
Revise Acceptable Use Policy to include cell phones.
Allen, J. & Kolb. L. (Dec./Jan. 2007/2008). Should cell phones be banned from classrooms. Learning and Leading with Technology. 8-9.
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