Cell Phones in the Classroom

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Cell Phones in the Classroom

  1. 1. Cynthia DeWitte Educ. 8823 Computer Technology and Multimedia
  2. 2. <ul><li>OMG! </li></ul><ul><li>U R JKng. </li></ul><ul><li>No JK. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why incorporate cell phones into the classroom? <ul><li>Top Ten Reasons </li></ul><ul><li>17 million teens in the U.S. have a cell phone. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents want their children to have them. </li></ul><ul><li>Messaging Capability </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Built-in Features </li></ul><ul><li>News Source </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Resource </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Videocasting </li></ul><ul><li>Students with Disabilities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Teens and Cell Phones <ul><li>17 million U.S. teens have a cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>4 out 5 teens or 79% (CTIA, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Spend an average of 20 minutes a day sending and receiving text messages. (Duke Center for Instructional Technology, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>66% of teens wish their cell phones would be used to present education anywhere in the world . (CTIA, 2008) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Facing the Parents <ul><li>Parents want to be in touch with their kids. </li></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul><ul><li>96% of kids communicate with a parent on a daily basis via a cell phone. (PR Newswire) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Messaging Capability <ul><li>3.3 billion active cell phones. </li></ul><ul><li>850 million PCs. </li></ul><ul><li>1 billion text messages are sent everyday. </li></ul><ul><li>The average SMS is read in 15 minutes and responded to within 60 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>(Davidson, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>How can teachers use this tool to enhance learning? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Features <ul><li>Calendar: Daily assignment reminder </li></ul><ul><li>Alerts: Bring lunch money, club dues, return library book. </li></ul><ul><li>Calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Notepad </li></ul><ul><li>Drawing Pad </li></ul><ul><li>Stopwatch </li></ul><ul><li>All with one tool in the palm of your hand. </li></ul>
  8. 8. News Source <ul><li>NPR – 1-202-609-7549 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.npr.org/services/mobile.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rocketron.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call 1-408-907-2323 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skip news you don’t want </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replay news stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No repeats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learns what you like </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disadvantage (robotic voice) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the benefits for teachers and students? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Google (466453) </li></ul><ul><li>Chacha – Call 1-800-Cha-Cha or text ChaCha (242242) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample text: What is the chemical symbol for Iron? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chacha response (32 seconds): Iron’s chemical symbol is Fe. Its atomic number is 26; its atomic mass is 55.845 amu. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Use of Resources
  11. 11. Podcasting Capability <ul><li>Gabcast.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up an account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dial 1.888.887.3127 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enter your password and login </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record your podcast. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog integration and Automatic RSS Feeds. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gcast.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Works the same as Gabcast. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1-888-65-GCAST </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Videocasting <ul><li>Qik.com </li></ul><ul><li>Livecast.com </li></ul><ul><li>PocketCaster.com </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to stream video live from their cell phone to the web: blogs, Twitter, or web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Phone needs to have a data plan. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Assistive Technologies <ul><li>Jott.com 1-866-JOTT-123 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speech to Text Translation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jott Feeds: Listen to text-based web pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text4deaf.com :2-way text messaging, text from computer to cell phone – unlimited for $2. 95 per month or $19.95 per year. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dial2do.com: free service- send emails, text messages, reminders from your cell phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YouMail.com : sends your voice mail to you in an email or a text message. The service is free. </li></ul></ul>Do you see a use for these services in your classroom?
  14. 14. So, should we continue to ban them in our schools? <ul><li>As with all emerging technologies, weighing the benefits against the possible disadvantages is critical. </li></ul><ul><li>Revise Acceptable Use Policy to include cell phones. </li></ul>
  15. 15. References <ul><li>Allen, J. & Kolb. L. (Dec./Jan. 2007/2008). Should cell phones be banned from classrooms. Learning and Leading with Technology. 8-9. </li></ul><ul><li>CTIA (Sept. 12, 2008). National study reveals how teens are shaping & reshaping their wireless world. Study sheds new light on teens’ cell phone habits, expectations & dream phone wishes. Retrieved October 12, 2008 from http://www.ctia.org/media/press/body.cfm/prid/1774 </li></ul><ul><li>Davidson, H. (July 1, 2008). It’s in your pocket: Teaching spectacularly with cell phones. Presented at the National Educators Computing Conference, San Antonio, TX. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Devaney, L. (Sept. 2008). Open book exam 21 st century-style: Educators begin to ponder if students should be allowed to use digital devices to take tests. Retreived October 11, 2008 from http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/top-news/?i=55284 </li></ul><ul><li>Duke Center for Instructional Technology (March, 2008). Mobile devices in education. Retrieved September 21, 2008 http://cit.duke.edu/tools/mobile/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Fryer, W. (Jan. 30, 2008). Opening minds about cell phones for learning. Retrieved September 21, 2008 from http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2008/01/30/opening-minds-about-cell-phones-for-learning/ </li></ul>
  16. 16. References Continued… <ul><li>Fryer, W. (2008) Teach digital: Cell phones for learning/iPhones in the classroom. Retrieved September 21, 2008 from http://teachdigital.pbwiki.com/cellphones . </li></ul><ul><li>Kolb,L. (2008). From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning. Retrieved September 21, 2008 from http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com </li></ul><ul><li>Libero, F., Ramos, A., Ranga, A., Trinona, J., & Lambert, D. (Aug. 2007). Uses of the cell phone for education in the Philippines and Mongolia. Distance Education, (28) 2. 231-244. </li></ul><ul><li>Prensky, M. (Jan. 2006). Using cell phones in school for learning. Retrieved September 21, 2008 from http://www.marcprensky.com/blog/archives/000043.html </li></ul>

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