Good morning and welcome back to school for all the systems cranking up this morning, including my own system.
Many students heading back to the classroom today are being forced to leave their cell phones behind thanks to school rules banning their possession.
The day may be coming, though, when students could find themselves in trouble for leaving their cell phones home.
Only they won’t be called cell phones. They will be dubbed mobile devices or hand-held computers. Already, they are being used around the world by innovative schools capitalizing on children’s natural affinity for technology and the omnipresence of cell phones. (By one count, 60 percent of second-graders are predicted to carry cell phones by the end of 2010.)
In pilot programs, teachers are utilizing even basic cell phones to teach math, record dramatic presentations, document chemical changes and give tests.
“Laptops are very ‘90s,” says University of Michigan researcher Elliot Soloway. “They are your daddy’s computers.”
Are any of you using cell phones in your classes. Some teachers elsewhere are and there is a movement afoot to promote cell phones as hand-held computers.
- If your kids are doing anything with cell phones in their classes or you are a teacher using cell phones, let us know how. I think it is a great idea to tap into the technology that has become an integral part of students lives today.
But are cell phones a reasonable choice? They are cheap and plentiful and clever teachers have found novel ways to integrate them into their lesson plans.
I still wonder whether cell phones are the next frontier in classroom technology?