Text Messaging in Online Teaching: An Online Educator's Journey

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slides by Jason Rhode accompanying panel discussion on "Mobile Communication Strategies" at Going MobileInternational Online Conference 2011

slides by Jason Rhode accompanying panel discussion on "Mobile Communication Strategies" at Going MobileInternational Online Conference 2011

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  • 1. Text Messaging in Online Teaching An Online Educator’s Journey Presentation by Jason Rhode, Ph.D. | jrhode@niu.edu | niu.edu/jrhode | twitter.com/jrhode jasonrho.de/IOCmobile11
  • 2. Facts Sources April 20, 2010 report by Pew Internet and American Life Project http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Teens-and-Mobile-Phones.aspx June 17, 2010 Wired Campus Report http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/student-smartphone-use-doubles-instant-messaging-loses-favor/24876
  • 3. 75% of 12-17 year-olds own cell phones Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/librarianguish/4594070690
  • 4.
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    50% of teens send 50 or more text messages a day; 30% send more than 100 texts a day Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3478186431
  • 5.
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    99.8% of college students own one or more cell phones Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/yourdon/4303061929
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    49% of phone-owning students have smartphones Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/danzen/4387877247
  • 7.
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    97% of students use text messaging as their main form of communication Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/irisheyes/5431140
  • 8. Google Voice voice.google.com
  • 9. google.com/googlevoice/about.html
  • 10. Google Voice App google.com/mobile/voice
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  • 13. List of SMS Gateways en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SMS_gateways
  • 14. Student Option to Opt-in
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  • 19. Twitter twitter.com/ionsn1111
  • 20. My Experience jasonrhode.com/howtosms
  • 21. Findings Thus Far
    • Students who opted-in responded that they’ve found text messages helpful
    • Students with text message capabilities stated they’d be likely to opt-in to receive text messaging course updates in future
    • Only a few have sent text messages to instructor
  • 22. Review of Email-to-SMS Steps
    • Setup Google Voice account & installed GV app on my phone
    • Gave students my Google Voice number
    • Invited students to opt-in to receiving sms communications, requesting their mobile number and provider
    • Created sms list with gateway email addresses
    • Sent welcome text via Google Voice
  • 23. Presenter Contact Info Jason Rhode jrhode@niu.edu (email) twitter.com/jrhode (twitter) jasonrhode.com (blog) niu.edu/jrhode (web) 815.209.9783 (phone)