Using text, and more, for outreach and education. Extension in 160 characters, more or less.
Cell phones are becoming ubiquitous Relative cost effectiveness (vs computer) Ease of use Why talk about texting?
Some 72% of adult cell phone users send and receive text messages now. Pew Internet and American Life Project, Cell phones and American adults, September 2010 According to a recent J.O.E. article, the top four uses of technology by learners were Email, Text Messaging, Digital Photos, and YouTube. Journal of Extension, Extension Learners’ Use of Electronic Technology. February 2011 Statistics (always help).
Economics – smart phones = $$$ Low cost cell phones can send and receive text (Relatively) inexpensive to send txt messages Ease of use – everyone (well, a lot of people) know how to use a phone keypad Smart phones, dumb phones?
SMS is a message protocol for phone (and other) communication systems. 160 character message limit One to one, one to many Short Message Service (SMS)
Twitter expands the sms universe. Big network and multiplatform applications 140 character limit on messages 20 characters reserved for username Connectivity with other web based resources Twitter – sms backbone, plus
Examples of learning with txt: SMS for learning?
Access to health info via cell phones is an active, and well studied field of work. A Google scholar search for: “health information text message” returns over 100 pages of results. Teens are actively using text messaging Start where people are? Texting for health
Development of ag applications and use of text is very active in the global south. Pervasiveness of cell phones vs access to computer and broadband Lower learning curve to use effectively Expanding beyond just text to include audio, images and video Agriculture and sms
Awaaz De Voice based q and a Radio platform Announcments Voice (it’s a phone, after all).
University of Illinois producing and deploying educational videos for cell phones http://news.illinois.edu/news/11/0228phone_ed_Bello-Bravo_Pittendrigh.html Animation and more
Some cell companies are very active in developing or supporting educational use of the technology. Nokia – Life Tools Vodaphone Foundation MobileActive.org Global network highlighting mobile use And much more… Citizen polling and engagement Literacy education etc Many examples
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