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SCVNGR: Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt Builder!

Cell Phones in Learning

Most of the scavenger hunt type applications online only use smartphones, so it is fantastic to come across one that is more accessible (since over 60% of cell phone users still have basic phones). It is very easy to create your own SMS scavenger hunts. Thank you to Jeffrey Branzburg for pointing me towards a resource called SCVNGR. The hunt can be anywhere!

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ClassPager for SMS and Polling Students!

Cell Phones in Learning

It also allows you to set up sms polls (they can be free text polls). In addition it DOES NOT use shortcodes (it uses real phone numbers) so it will work with just about any cell phone (YAY for Metro PCS!). Wow! I am really enjoying using a new resource called ClassPager. It is 100% free! Additionally, it is private. classpager metropcs

Breaking Down the FAFSA with SMS Drives Higher Enrollment

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90% of teenagers own a cell phone, and the average teen texts 181 times per day. So for high school seniors who are overwhelmed by confusing paperwork, SMS may be the best way to break the fear barrier. Live chat - Live SMS chat allows you to text back and forth with students and have one-on-one conversations instantaneously. Teenagers understand text messaging.

Cell Phones in Education Part 1: Productivity

The Mobile Learner

As I stated in an earlier blog post , I an beginning a new series on using cell phones in learning to go along side my iPods in Education series.  I hope through this series of blog posts to provide practical ways teachers and students can use cell phones to help kids learn as a way to challenge the standard bias that cell phones are a useless distraction in the classroom.

How SMS Alerts Are Helping Curb Africa’s Ebola Outbreak

Mobile Commons

The SMS alerts remind people showing symptoms to seek treatment early, avoid physical contact with others, and cooperate with community health workers. By using SMS alerts to broadcasting urgent information to Sierra Leone’s citizens, text messaging is helping curb the spread of the Ebola virus with clear and immediate health information. Other applications of SMS in epidemics.

Anonymous SMS Program Allows Teens to Report Bullying at Schools

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Since younger generations are glued to their phones, the program brings a double threat to bullying because of its ability to provide immediacy and anonymity within student’s most trusted comfort zone – their cell phones. The post Anonymous SMS Program Allows Teens to Report Bullying at Schools appeared first on Mobile Commons How Text 2 Stop It works.

Facebook Classroom Management & Projects with Student Cell Phones

Cell Phones in Learning

His students can use their cell phones to take pictures or videos and send them to his Facebook page. Why I am talking about a social networking site on a cell phones in learning blog? Because Facebook has SMS texting and photo/video posting functions that could easily be used to collect and share data in classroom assignments. Facebook

Facebook Classroom Management & Projects with Student Cell Phones

Cell Phones in Learning

His students can use their cell phones to take pictures or videos and send them to his Facebook page. Why I am talking about a social networking site on a cell phones in learning blog? Because Facebook has SMS texting and photo/video posting functions that could easily be used to collect and share data in classroom assignments.

TextClues.A Scavenger Hunt for Cell Phones

Cell Phones in Learning

It is a very simple way to create SMS text message scavenger hunts for any cell phone. I have been reviewing a new resource called TextClues. What I like about the resource is that it is much less complicated than a SCVNGR type resource and the teacher can preset the hunt and then the students can text into a simple keyword code to begin their hunt. Simple, simple! My only negative: it is not free. wish they had an educator version with some free options. Right now it costs 14.99 for 100 clues (I cannot figure out if this is the number of clues you create or send?).

Australian Teacher Impresses with Cell Phones in Learning

Cell Phones in Learning

Geek) has been doing some very impressive activities with cell phones in his instruction. The students will be working in pairs using their mobile phones and their QR code reading software. Half way throughout the course is a QR code with a difference, it contains a template for an SMS message that links directly to my mobile phone. Awesome! I'm very inspired.

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Australian Teacher Impresses with Cell Phones in Learning

Cell Phones in Learning

Geek) has been doing some very impressive activities with cell phones in his instruction. The students will be working in pairs using their mobile phones and their QR code reading software. Half way throughout the course is a QR code with a difference, it contains a template for an SMS message that links directly to my mobile phone. Awesome! I'm very inspired.

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New Research on Teens and Cell Phones and What it Means for BYOD Schools

Cell Phones in Learning

PEW has just released a new study about teenagers (13-17 year olds) and their cell phone use and ownership. This is important for BYOD schools keep in mind that about 30% cannot access the Internet through their phone, so plan lessons accordingly!

Johns Hopkins Survey Finds Strong Potential for Text Message Interventions

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The survey explores cell phone usage in low-income, urban communities, and found that cell phone interventions have strong potential as an effective means of achieving positive healthcare outcomes for inner city, at risk women. Researchers asked participants to answer a series of questions on their mobile phone habits and preferences. M.P.H.,

ClassPager for SMS and Polling Students!

Cell Phones in Learning

It also allows you to set up sms polls (they can be free text polls). In addition it DOES NOT use shortcodes (it uses real phone numbers) so it will work with just about any cell phone (YAY for Metro PCS!). This also allows people who don't have cell phones but do have iPod iTouches to participate with Free Texting Apps (because they give you a free phone number or you could use Google Voice). Wow! I am really enjoying using a new resource called ClassPager. It is 100% free! Additionally, it is private. classpager metropcs

SCVNGR: Cell Phone Scavenger Hunt Builder!

Cell Phones in Learning

Most of the scavenger hunt type applications online only use smartphones, so it is fantastic to come across one that is more accessible (since over 60% of cell phone users still have basic phones). It is very easy to create your own SMS scavenger hunts. Thank you to Jeffrey Branzburg for pointing me towards a resource called SCVNGR. The hunt can be anywhere! SCVNGR

John Hopkins Survey Finds Strong Potential for Text Message Interventions

Mobile Commons

The survey explores cell phone usage in low-income, urban communities, and found that cell phone interventions have strong potential as an effective means of achieving positive healthcare outcomes for inner city, at risk women. Researchers asked participants to answer a series of questions on their mobile phone habits and preferences. M.P.H.,

Using Cell Phones & Google Voice in Foreign Language

Cell Phones in Learning

Here are a few Key Takeaways from the article: To pursue a paradigm shift in education with limited finances, schools should consider taking advantage of ubiquitous cell phone technology for pedagogical purposes that square with best practices within appropriate disciplines. New Internet SMS and messaging services are proving especially useful to language teachers, turning the focus away from the particulars of language and writing and toward whole language oral output and pronunciation, even at the beginner level. googlevoice

Using Cell Phones & Google Voice in Foriegn Language

Cell Phones in Learning

Here are a few Key Takeaways from the article: To pursue a paradigm shift in education with limited finances, schools should consider taking advantage of ubiquitous cell phone technology for pedagogical purposes that square with best practices within appropriate disciplines. New Internet SMS and messaging services are proving especially useful to language teachers, turning the focus away from the particulars of language and writing and toward whole language oral output and pronunciation, even at the beginner level.

5 Times Your Texting Dinner Date Might Actually be a Good Person

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Most of us love our phones, so much so that 89% of people report using their phone in a social setting. And yet, a reported 82% of adults say that using a cell phone in front of other people can hurt the conversation and atmosphere of the gathering. That’s because it’s incredibly easy for people donate through their mobile phone. Perhaps your date is one of them?

Is SMS the Quintessential User Interface Design?

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Here are the top three reasons why SMS is the ideal user interface. Imagine that you don’t need to learn how to use it; that in fact, your phone comes pre-installed with the capability. Indeed, texting is already the most used data application across all cell phones. Most people check their phone several times an hour, even if they don’t have any new messages.

5 Questions to Consider Before Launching Your First Nonprofit SMS Campaign

Mobile Commons

Since 90% of Americans have a cell phone these days, text messaging is really for everybody – but there are certain demographics, often untapped, that text messaging is especially useful for. Driving advocacy phone calls, organizing rallies, recruiting volunteers, and collecting donations are all made easier, more effective, and more efficient with text messaging.

Text Messaging for Successful Clinical Trial Recruitment

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Because 91% of the population has a cell phone, advertising your clinical trial with a mobile call to action can recruit more people than any other channel. You can also have patients confirm or reschedule upcoming appointments over SMS. Alerts & Reminders Appointment Reminders Live SMS Chat Text Messaging Clinical trials require an enormous amount of preparation.

Cell Phones in Learning Radio Show: Wed May 20th: Interview with California Educator Joe Wood

Cell Phones in Learning

Paul R Wood says to (00:40:33): Hey Jeff Jeff Stanzler says to (00:40:55): Hi, Paul Jeff Stanzler says to (00:41:00): [link] Peggy_G says to (00:41:26): always exciting to hear from teachers who are using cell phones in their classrooms :-) Peggy_G says to (00:42:10): can we follow Joe on Twitter? Peggy_G says to (00:51:35): those are such important conversations to have about ethical behaviors and such an important reason for allowing cell phones in school Jeff Stanzler says to (00:52:07): YES! Chat Transcript: Liz Kolb says (00:31:47): Welcome everyone! link].

Cell Phones in Learning Radio Show: Wed May 20th: Interview with California Educator Joe Wood

Cell Phones in Learning

Paul R Wood says to (00:40:33): Hey Jeff Jeff Stanzler says to (00:40:55): Hi, Paul Jeff Stanzler says to (00:41:00): [link] Peggy_G says to (00:41:26): always exciting to hear from teachers who are using cell phones in their classrooms :-) Peggy_G says to (00:42:10): can we follow Joe on Twitter? Peggy_G says to (00:51:35): those are such important conversations to have about ethical behaviors and such an important reason for allowing cell phones in school Jeff Stanzler says to (00:52:07): YES! Chat Transcript: Liz Kolb says (00:31:47): Welcome everyone! link].

Addressing Some More Critiques of Mobile Learning

The Mobile Learner

Many argue that mobile devices are far too distracting as students focus using their devices for sending SMS messages or surfing the internet during lessons rather than pay attention to lessons.  I can attest to this first hand as I myself am guilty of  accessing my mobile device when I am attending conference presentations or other instructional settings. This is not a new phenomena. 

May Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

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Best of Mobile Learning May 1, 2011 to May 31, 2011 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Float Mobile Learning , May 11, 2011 Does This iPhone Make Me Look Fat? hotlist hot May

Create an Email address for your phone!

Cell Phones in Learning

site called Mailbliss , which allows anyone to create an email address for their phone. Well, once you create an email address for your phone, anyone can use that email address to send you a text message! The email turns into an sms message that you receive on your phone. It is 100% free and very easy to use. I can envision many teachers using this (especially those who do not want to give away their cell phone number) to text message with parents and students. mailbliss sms textmessagingThere is an interesting web2.0 Why is this beneficial?

6 Degrees of Flickr Mobile

Cell Phones in Learning

You will be given an email address where you (or your students) can send mobile pictures (using any basic cell phone SMS service) to your private or public (you decide) Flickr photo account. This means that for homework students can start a project with Flickr mobile (such as a digital storybook), where they create and take the pictures with their cell phone at home, in the park, or at any other location. Have you tried your Flickr mobile account yet? If not, you may want to activate it. What is this so great? applications. Here is a short list of web2.0

New Study Shows that Text Messages Drive Voter Turnout

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The report analyzed four SMS studies with over 300,000 participants, and discovered that text messages increased turnout by an average of 0.74 Established GOTV methods like canvassing, mailings, and phone calls were all well-researched. A new study out of Denmark shows that GOTV text messages increase voter turnout. percentage points. Read the full study here.

Buffalo’s Young Preservations Use SMS to Preserve Local History

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A new SMS campaign from Buffalo’s Young Preservationists lets members of the Buffalo community text in images of local buildings to target them for preservation. In an era of financial straits and foreclosures, it’s easy for cities to become run-down—especially when there’s no simple way to count and label the buildings, houses, and other structures that need saving.

5 ways to strengthen a #BYOD #mLearning community

Ignatia Webs

In my case the mobile courses are mostly developed for people already having a personal, mobile learning device (smartphone, tablet, internet enabled cell-phone.) It allows people to use their phone to simply add content to the map, which pinpoints their location at the same time. When setting up a mobile learning course, it is not always easy to get everyone on the same page.

Using SMS Texting for Reference Help with Udefn

Cell Phones in Learning

Many educators have posted about the benefits of using Google SMS to help students with reference needs such as translation, weather, local information, stocks, currency exchange rates, and more. Recently Lisa Nielsen wrote a wonderful post about what Google SMS can do and how the tool could be useful in education. My only issue with Google SMS is that the "keyword" is set up by Google, and thus you have to remember a vast number of "keywords" to use the service. Also, Google SMS does not allow you to create your own feed for text referencing. Check those out here.

Using SMS Texting for Reference Help with Udefn

Cell Phones in Learning

Many educators have posted about the benefits of using Google SMS to help students with reference needs such as translation, weather, local information, stocks, currency exchange rates, and more. Recently Lisa Nielsen wrote a wonderful post about what Google SMS can do and how the tool could be useful in education. My only issue with Google SMS is that the "keyword" is set up by Google, and thus you have to remember a vast number of "keywords" to use the service. Also, Google SMS does not allow you to create your own feed for text referencing. Check those out here.

The Key to Multichannel Engagement: Text Messaging

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Text messaging, or SMS marketing (for “short message service” marketing), gives consumers the opportunity to decide for themselves which channels they’ll use to connect with your brand. Rather, the trick to a successful SMS campaign is ensuring that your messages are timely, personalized, and highly relevant, and the consumers who read them will soon be your customers.

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5 Times Your Texting Dinner Date Might Actually be a Good Person

Mobile Commons

Most of us love our phones, so much so that 89% of people report using their phone in a social setting. And yet, a reported 82% of adults say that using a cell phone in front of other people can hurt the conversation and atmosphere of the gathering. That’s because it’s incredibly easy for people donate through their mobile phone. Perhaps your date is one of them?

Benefits of Text Messaging vs. Mobile Messaging Apps

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Text messaging is already on every phone. Text messaging, on the other hand, comes preinstalled on every cell phone. It’s so easy to text that people use their phones for texting more than they do for making phone calls! 91% of the population owns a cell phone, and essentially every phone has the capability to send and receive text messages.

Text Messaging Increases Patients Adherence In Medicaid Populations

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According to a report by the Pew Institute, 86% of adults with an annual income below $30,000 own a cell phone. 83% of adults with less than a high school education owned a cell phone as of May 2013. Environmental Scan of Text Messaging Interventions Supports SMS Applications in Healthcare. The challenges facing healthcare providers in improving patient adherence.

#mHealth a #diabetes #mobile project in DRCongo, Cambodia and the Philippines

Ignatia Webs

Josefien Van Olmen is one of these wonderful researchers at ITM that gets it done. A few months back she asked me to get involved in a diabetes project which would involve basic cell-phones. Most of us want to make some kind of difference, making the world a better place. She is a very intelligent expert researcher and she drives her people hard but with an incredible warmth of heart.

FEC Allows Text Donations to Political Campaigns

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With Americans using their cell phones for everything from ordering lunch to calling their representatives, allowing text donations will make sure that every citizen can play a part in the campaign process. All Posts Blog Mobile Resources and Research mobile donations SMS donations text to donateBig news for political fundraising. The FEC just ruled to allow text donations to political campaigns. Text donations have become a major part of non-profit fundraising, and have long been used by 501C3s to spur mass numbers of small donations. When Can I Get Started?

CWA Uses Text Messages to Rally Their Members with Real-Time Updates

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But they do have their cell phones, which enables organizers to reach them via SMS—sending out emergency alerts as negotiations develop, or rallying them to a particular location for some boots-on-the-ground activism. Union SMS campaigns can also target messages by demographic , and keep communications local, even when the union covers the entire nation.