Cell Phones

One of the hot educational topics being discussed at length on the internet today is the use cell phones in the classroom. When I mention that I frequently incorporate cell phones in my classroom I am often met with surprised looks from other educators, parents, and even students. Most often people question how we use them and what the benefits are to incorporating this technology into the curriculum. This space on my website has been designed to help answer those questions and to share some of the resources that have aided me in my decision to start incorporating these devices. During my reading I came across a blog in which the author was expressing his/her surprise that parents willingly spend enormous amounts of money every year to provide their children with cell phones and other devices such as ipods, digital cameras, netbooks, and laptops. The authors astonishment came, not from the fact that the parents spend this money, but rather that schools tell their students to turn these devices off and leave them in their locker. If parents are willing to provide the technology for their children, and our students are willing to learn to use it in a way that enhances their education, the decision to make use of our student's personally owned devices should be a simple one! Note: I will no longer be updating this section of this website. Please visit http://edtech.hanoverpublic.org for more information. 

Quotes to ponder:

"It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change"    - Charles Darwin

"If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn."    - Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada

"If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow."    - John Dewey

Banning Cell Phones in School Teaches Kids Important Lessons:
  1. It teaches them that they don’t deserve to be empowered with technology the same way adults are.
  2. Tools that adults use all the time in their everyday lives to communicate are not relevant to their own communication needs.
  3. They can’t be trusted (or taught, for that matter) to use phones appropriately in school.
                                                            - Will Richardson

The Twitter Experiment

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The Forth Screen

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Blog Resources Dealing with Cell Phone Use in the Classroom:

One teacher's solution to cell phones.

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