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Mobile phones and extension education - a start.

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    Extension in 160 characters, or less Extension in 160 characters, or less Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • Paul Treadwell
      pt36@cornell.edu
      Twitter: ptreadwell
      Posterous: http://pt36.posterous.com/
      Contact