Teachers Changing the Way We Read, Write, Think, and Live
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Cell phones. Every single person I know has one. Whether it’s an iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, or even a less popular model, students are constantly using them. Teachers sound like broken records as they chastise students and demand they put their cell phones away during class. Many teachers claim they are distractions and that students are constantly texting their friends during class time instead of devoting their attention to the lesson. But what if these cell phones with all their internet capabilities could be used to transform student’s educational experience and enhance their learning potential?
In his blog post, I Don’t Need Your Network (or Your Computer, or Your Tech Plan, or Your…), Will Richardson brings to the forefront the idea that students have access to all the data on the internet right in their pockets, so why not incorporate this technology into the classroom lessons and curriculum?
Richardson makes an eye-opening list of key points to think about when it comes to the possibility of incorporating cell phones into the classroom:
So what do cell phones have to offer our students? Cell phones can actually save schools money by replacing many tools such as calculators, cameras, video cameras, student planners, reference books, and more.
There are also a vast array of educational applications for iPhones and other Smartphones that both promote learning and make it fun. Here are examples of just a few:
Dictionary - This app makes it easy for students to look up a word for a research paper and includes audio and phonetic pronunciation, text-to-speech search, and history and origin of the word.
Free spanish Essentials - This dictionary comes with flashcards, a built-in translator, and quizzes.
Free Books - With this app, students have access to over 23,000 books including autobiographies and more.
Flashcard Touch - Students can make flashcards effortlessly to study for any subject and have them always close by.
With all this information about how cell phones can be utilized for educational purposes, the question remains: How can we convince administrators and teachers to incorporate this technology into the classroom?
The best answer may be to spread the word! Why not hold workshops and conferences or even distribute informative flyers?
Better yet, talk to your local school board, teachers, administrators. Educate them. The world needs to know that technology and its usage is shifting. It is imperative we shift with it in order to take full advantage of what it has to offer students.