Or A Device In Which We Can Use Them For More Than All Of The Above
But Did You Know You Can Do All This With Your Phone…and then some <ul><li>Create and post a podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Create and post a video </li></ul><ul><li>Turn your voice into text </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct and contribute to online polls </li></ul><ul><li>Turn class handouts, notes, even information on a whiteboard into a PDF on your computer </li></ul><ul><li>Take photos and post them to an online album </li></ul><ul><li>Find out information about almost anything by sending a simple text message </li></ul><ul><li>Create and post to a blog </li></ul><ul><li>Post to a social networking group i.e. Twitter, Plurk, Tumblr, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Stream Video </li></ul><ul><li>Create and post video on the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct research </li></ul><ul><li>Manage apps. i.e. Google Apps. (Docs, Gmail, Calendar, Talk, Maps, Blogger, Youtube, Reader, News, Notebook, and Photos) </li></ul><ul><li>411 listings without paying exorbitant 411 fees </li></ul>Note: most of the above are applicable to any learning environment
Oh I Almost Forgot We Can’t Do Any Of These In Schools Though
Remember There Is A General Ban On Cell Phones In Schools (Or at least during school hours) What a Bummer!!
Let’s Examine A Few Facts About Phones It took about 20 years for the first billion phones to be sold The second billion sold in 4 years The third billion sold in 2 years Worldwide there are 3.3 billion mobile-phone subscriptions 3 billion people still do not have a phone, but the bulk of that number is in Africa and Asia
A Few More Facts About Phones 80% of the world’s population lives with range of a cellular network Even in developing countries families are investing significant amounts of money on Information-Communication Technology (ICT) 100% penetration in the US is not expected until 2013 Many countries exceed 100% penetration: United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden…. Global penetration is estimated at 50% now It is important to note that 100% percent penetration does not mean all citizens own a cell phone. The number will include multiple subscriptions
And If That Was Not Enough How About The Following: Now there are just over 1 billion personal computers in use Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004 74% of all mobile phone users actively use SMS text messaging An SMS is typically read within an average of 15 minutes and responded to within 60 minutes, think about how long email takes
Yet For Some Reason Phones Are Still Generally Banned in Schools
This Is Not A Fight Schools Should Be Fighting Why you may ask?
Who Will Win This Fight? In This Corner In This Corner http://uk.gizmodo.com/bbfc%20parent%20site.jpg http://www.pembinatrails.ca/fortrichmondcollegiate/Daily%20Announcements/schools4schools%20logo.jpg
So The Questions We Should Be Asking Are <ul><li>What is the real reason for banning cell phones in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this really a battle education/schools will win? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a battle education should really be fighting? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we actual do with a cell phone in education anyway? </li></ul>
NOW FOR A MENU OF TOOLS AVAILABLE ON AND/OR THROUGH THE USE OF OUR CELL PHONE
What if you want the notes from the whiteboard, the handout you don’t have time to copy, or the notes from a piece of paper? And you have your phone with you. ?
My Gcast Podcasts are posted at The Mind Machine Blog
Foneshow www.foneshow.com Publish or subscribe to podcasts from your phone No need for a “Smartphone”
What if you need to take notes and you have no pencil or paper, you want to create a to-do list, you want to add something to your calendar but you have no computer, you want to send an important message to a group of people, or you just want to get the latest weather? And all you have is your phone. ?
WHAT ARE PEOPLE (TEACHERS) SAYING ABOUT CELL PHONES?
“ Can cell phones really provide their owners with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that will help them succeed in their school, jobs, and their lives? What can they learn? ANYTHNG, if we design it right.” Mark Prensky “ I think it is ridiculous schools ban cell phones for no real reason than simply because” Anonymous Middle School Teacher Los Angeles, CA Schools don’t ban a text book because a student abused it, therefore why should cell phones be banned? Kenneth Shelton
Why is it that our best paying jobs expect us to be constantly connected, but our schools require us to be the opposite? Anonymous Maryland Does our banning of cell phones encourage sneakiness? Elementary Teacher Missouri Met a teacher in Sweden who got death threats sent to her for taking position that cell phones should be included Anonymous Washington Cell phones should be used in the classroom. They have great potential in science for data collection and field work. Anonymous St. Petersburg, Florida
My child goes to school to learn, not to socialize Quote from an actual parent The PE teachers in my school don't like cell phones because students will take pictures in the locker room. Anonymous Teacher in Maryland
Therefore I now ask the same questions again <ul><li>What is the real reason for banning cell phones in schools? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this really a battle education/schools will win? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a battle education should really be fighting? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we actual do with a cell phone in education anyway? </li></ul>
One final poll question, feel free to respond at your convenience. Keep them brief
We Should Be Prepared For The Next Generation Of Cell Phone Users, They Already Have A Head Start http://www.carr.org/~scottr/2002/03_02/images/talking%20on%20cell%20phone.jpg
Thank You Very Much For Your Time, Attention, And Interest
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