By Paul Silli
Simply put, when Harris Polled, 95% of parents want their kids to have cell phones for recreational purposes, to be able to get in touch with them if they are attending a school activity, for the GPS — such as tracking where they are, and finding specific locations when lost. Cell phones appear to be very important for today’s students and consumers!
So, what is good about them for education? If you think about it, there are many applications within the technology of cell phones which can be useful as a “tool” for classroom instruction. After all, they are mini-computers.
For example, students can use them to take pictures; record notes and log other media which can be shared with students who maybe absent from class. The record-option can be used as a “dictation tool” for note-taking which later can be listened to for the preparation of an up coming test. There is Cellipedia http://cellipedia.com/ which offers users a rich, research tool; and you can use them as an interactive lesson while on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/, which is an online collaborating network service. A great feature to use is the “calculator” option. Students can work-out math problems and create math applications.
Moreover, research shows that students with Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD) perform better in both behavior and work-output when they are listening to music. Cell phones, with wireless Bluetooth Technology, can be used to listen to MP3 music which can hold many digital songs. There also is a “calendar” feature which allows users to input data to remind them of up coming events, project due dates, and things to do etc. You can even use your cell phone as an on-the-spot journalist… Cell phones can record both pictures and audio tracks which can be useful if you were to have your students perform a live-interview as a project. Text messaging is the most popular feature used. Teachers could have student’s text message each other notes, portfolios, and visual literature while in class as an activity.
There are so many features in cell phones today, it would be unwise to dismiss the possibilities they offer for class activities. It may just take a little creativity to put something educational together. 😉
→ What do you think? Have you ever used cell phones within your classroom instruction?