Cell Phones in the Classroom: Harness the Power for Learning


Today's 21st century learners already use technology in creative and innovative ways as they explore new tools to help them gain fast access to information and each other. Nearly two-thirds of teens and one-third of tweens (ages 8-12) own a cell phone, sending over 250,000 text messages and spending thousands of hours talking, sharing, and collaborating with this forbidden classroom technology.
In this session, participants will explore powerful ways cell phones can be used constructively for educational purposes as they actively engage in the use of cell phones to research, collaborate (using a wiki), evaluate (polls, surveys), and communicate within the content area. As educators, we can embrace this technology, that our students have already mastered, and use it as a way to present curriculum and change teaching and learning.

Liz Kolb Site
Educational Uses for Cell Phones(Nebraska)
Students Turn Their Cellphones On for Classroom Lessons Education Week January 2009
//What Can You Learn From A Cell Phone? – Almost Anything!// How to use the 1.5 billion computers already in our students’ and trainees’ pockets to increase learning, at home and around the world By Marc Prensky (pdf)
Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education(ISTE Publication)
The Mobile Learner