If you read my post, "Making the Case for Cell Phones in Schools" you'll see that I predicted this one. Parents are DEMANDING that their children be allowed to have their phones in schools for safety reasons. You should make friends with cell phones and find out how to use them. Very soon, you won't have a choice.
A contest that you'll want to consider entering with your students.
Distracted driving—from texting behind the wheel to turning around to chat with friends in the backseat—can lead to deadly consequences, particularly for teens. Now your students can save lives and change attitudes by entering our Drive2Life Contest.
Challenge your students in grades 6–12 to create an exciting, innovative storyboard or script for a memorable Public Service Announcement that educates others about distracted driving. The grand–prize winner receives $1,000 and will embark on a trip to New York City, where a professional film crew will transform the student’s vision into a 30–second commercial! Four runners–up each will receive $500.
On our Drive2Life site, you’ll also find lifesaving and skill-building resources tied to National Standards, including:
A distracted driving checklist/poll
Role-playing and discussion activities
A reproducible worksheet for creating a compelling storyboard"
Alan Gilbert, New York Philharmonic conductor stopped the orchestra to wait for a man to silence his ringing cell phone. Yes, we should have manners to silence it but he just ignored it, hoping for it to stop.
Although this research brief is touting a particular company, the point that productive companies integrate technology, cloud computing, and telecommunications for increased productivity is ne to consider as we look at helping our students be more "productive" in their learning. i still wonder whybwe ignore telecommunications as a link to our students when it is the one technology they have with them all the time. " top performing companies were more likely to have integrated enterprise communications with other enterprise applications, and with the most current approaches to technology delivery-including cloud computing, virtualization and mobility."
A website targeted to teens about distracted driving. It starts with a test to see how long you can keep your eyes and mind on the road. A great site for health classes or driversed. It is a bit tricky because it tricks you into doing something you might not should do but it does make a point. some kids will say it is lame but it is a start.
Liz Kolb is using Class pager, a free tool that lets you create class alerts. There is no limit of students or parents for this private service. What is so cool is that you can also have free text polls. If you have an ipod touch you can use one of their free texting apps to interact with it as well. Here is Liz's review of the app.
This research shows that cell phone text messages can be used curb problem drinking as compared to a control group that did not receive the text messages. This begs to ask. How can cell phone text messages be used to help with other behaviors? Studying? Test reminders? Behavioral issues? Weight loss? Cell phones are a great friend of education BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS WITH STUDENTS. Kids have a computer in their pocket that we choose to ignore because we are unwilling to teach them the proper way to behave. It is easier to lock up the phones than teach good judgement and the ability to focus. Hold kids accountable but make friends with cell phones, they are here to stay.
Interesting conversations about teaching and texting in college. It would be great to have students weigh in on this conversation as well.
We've all see the parent too busy responding to text messages instead of hearing their child ask them a question. Which is more important?
The research from Stanford says that there is a danger not only to the parent: our ability to focus and accomplish tasks - but to the learning of our children and perhaps their inability to develop social skills.
Who is helping who? Who is in charge - are you at the beckon of every Tweet and message or are you in control of your own life? You decide.
Another Stanford study about to be published suggests it could be damaging tweens' ability to develop emotional and social skills.
They found that people who juggle different sources of electronic information do not focus or remember as well as people who work on one task at a time.
Excellent article about a struggle to ban cell phones in schools and why it is not working.
Some communities and towns are going unplugged and pledging to not use cell phones and/or social media. This is fascinating and actually, I think can be very healthy as we learn to balance technology.
“Wake Forest Unplugged” event. The town wants all of its residents to sign a pledge card stating that they will turn off their cell phones and/or unplug their computers and other electronics from October 1st to 5 p.m. on October 3rd.
Do, you just have SMS text messaging (like me) - well there are things you can do via SMS. Of course, I use my itouch now that I have a MiFi modem in my pocketbook, however, I teach all of my students how to google search using SMS so that they can find addresses and define words via SMS.
Cell phones in the classroom. Summary of CTIA information from 2009 which is a basis for what is happening now. Again, this should be educator driven not industry driven, but there is potential.
The cellphone industry has a suggestion for improving the math skills of American students: spend more time on cellphones in the classroom.
Interesting discussion here about cell phones in the classroom from Mary Harriet Talbut. Great comments and discussions emerging. Join in!
Mobile barcodes are a cool way that cell phones are now being used - integrating pictures with SMS - it is called MMS.
Hardlinking or linking using barcodes in the real world to the virtual world is an emerging trend of how the world wide web is evolving.
"The goal was to make the athletes more personal to the Nike 6.0 consumer,
Jagtag's MMS 2D bar code system works with every camera phone on the Verizon Wireless and AT&T networks.
Jagtag's platform is a means to deliver audio, video and pictures to a mass mobile audience, which may not have an all-you-can-eat data plan.
"Something like 80 percent of mobile phones in the country can receive the content no problem, which is a big one for us," Mr. Bannon said. "A lot of these apps will send you to the mobile Web, which can get expensive, and is not exactly a pleasant experience, depending on your phone.
Great points from Stephanie Sandifer on cheating - when she talked about how she cheats every day by using a copy of something from a coworker - I may have already linked to this but it is so powerful, I came back to it!
Here were my thoughts for Stephanie:
"I love how you say that you're "cheating every day." Certainly LEARNING is important, but to me, learning how to find answers and solve problems is the MOST important skill. Some teachers and I were discussing how some kids have book knowledge but fumble at doing science experiments! The practical knowledge eludes many that are good memorizers and what is a good education. To me, rote memorization precludes many from "feeling" educated (because of their poor grades) and makes many think they ARE educated (because of their great grades) when in fact we are indeed testing the wrong thing!
Great points here!"
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