Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cell Phones for Learning. It's like Education . . . Fried

You probably already know that cell phones for learning are a HOT topic in education right now. After all, this year, cell phone sales are expected to surpass computer sales in the U.S. And with technology funding in question, who couldn't use more "parent financed devices" to augment current resources? Marc Prensky states movingly in his article "What Can You Learn from a Cell Phone, " that being short sighted on the possibilities for using cell phones educational leaves our students behind:
. . . [A]s U.S. educators are busy banning cell phones in schools, millions of students in China and Japan, the Philippines, and Germany are using their mobile phones (respectively), to learn English; to study math, health and spelling; and to access live and archived university lectures.
It's time to help your students get started using their "other brain" aka "the computer in the pocket" to learn:

-See the video at StudyBoost.com web based study tool that can be used with instant messaging or text messaging.
-Twitter, which we discussed in this entry (you did read that, didn't you?) is an AMAZING tool for learning and can be used via any cell phone with SMS (text messaging).
-Wiffiti: Live backchannel for the classroom can show teachers what students do or don't understand, gather student opinions, provide a platform for questions, answers, or discussions. -Qik.com Lets you record and share video live from your mobile phone Share experiment results in science, your dramatized report on Shakespeare, or explain how you did your math homework. The possibilities are endless.
-Posterous.com The easiest way to post and share anything. Blog from your cell phone anywhere by using email to post. Endless instructional uses!
-Record Audio for soundtracks, to explain, or to show what you know, and practice using that language you're learning using -SayNow.com.
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Leave yourself homework reminders, make study plans, or take notes using -Jott.com. -Evernote.com strives to help you "remember everything," "capture anything," "access [things] anywhere," and "find things fast." What's not to love for education?
-Have kids take pictures of shapes, angles, or any sort of data they need to collect to study. Work in teams so each kid doesn't have to have a phone with a camera.


Sources:


-http://cellphonesinlearning.wikispaces.com/ Provides a long list of functions (Digital
-Storytelling, Data Access, Surveys) and tools for cell phone use in the classroom: http://teachdigital.pbworks.com/w/page/19791019/cellphones
-Fifty Ideas for using cell phones
-"Dumb" Phones, Smart Lessons: Schools Answer Student Calls for Mobile Computer (see how even "dumb" phones can be used to help students get smarter) -http://thinkingmachine.pbworks.com/w/page/22187713/Think-Mobile-Phones-for-Learning
-A couple of really neat ideas for cell phones in math classes here.
-Vanderbilt Library's
list of tools and ideas for instructional cell phone use.

Additional Tools/Articles added 5/23/2011

This New York Times article tells some stories that show how powerfully back channels can work in classrooms.
Today’s Meet makes it easy to set up a backchannel for your classroom topic.
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