Wednesday, May 6, 2009

From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning

Today I saw the following Tweet from Jon Tanner, an Oregon, Wisconsin educator:For how many of us, when we see a cell phone in class, is our first reaction to confiscate it?
What if instead, we harnessed the tool to enhance student learning?
That is the motivation behind the Cellphones in Learning Blog, created by Michigan State Graduate Student Liz Kolb.
The site contains examples on using cell phones to enhance learning such as:
  • Poll Everywhere, which turns cell phones into student response systems
  • MuVChat, which allows students to text questions/comments to a screen while watching videos
  • Sending pictures from cell phones to Flickr accounts
  • Yodio-Allows students to call in and create a digital story.
So what do you think? Should we ban them, and not know that students are really texting in their hoody, or should we have students use them as a learning tool? If you think the latter, Kolb's site has a wealth of resources to get started!!

Photo Credit: From Mykl Roventine's photostream on Flickr.

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