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Exploring Cellphones as Learning Tools

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Dean Shareski blogged a case study for the use of mobile phones in school teaching, with some good insights into the proportion of grade 8/9 children with cellphones at school, how they used their cellphones, and how learners without cellphones were considered.

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Teens and their cellphones

Steve Vosloo

Over the last few months I’ve interviewed a few South African and Zambian high schoolers about their cellphones, mobile IM and school. Download the video: WMV (37MB) or Flash (17MB).

TVO’s Search Engine Podcast Episode: “Class, Turn on Your Cellphones”

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The link below will take you to the September 28th, 2010 podcast episode from TVO’s Search engine where host Jesse Brown interview’s Royan Lee, a teacher with the York District School Board in Ontario, Canada. The discussion is around a project that Lee has participated in where students in his class use their cell phones and other mobile devices for learning. Click here to begin playing the audio podcast. Link to the episode on TVO’s website.

Let’s ban malls! Rethinking cellphones in education

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Notes: 230 principals were at the conference, representing a diverse range of schools, from the very under-resourced to the very privileged. The presentation urged them to rethink banning cellphones at school and to consider their value for learning, assessment and administration. Tags: Africa Country Presentations Resources South Africa mLearning Dr Math on MXit ImfundoYami / ImfundoYethu Learners M4Girls m4lit MXit Secondary school Teachers

Mobile Student Organization and Management Tools

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In most schools students are given an "assignment notebook" where they are ask/told to keep track of their assignments and schedules. While some students are very diligent about this, I found in my own high school teaching experience that many of these "notebooks" go unused and are often lost.

Eyespot=Instant video blogging!

Cell Phones in Learning

Additionally in schools, it is often hard to reserve the computer lab or laptops with the editing software, so students are often rushed to finish their projects during class. Finally, video cameras are often scarece in schools and hard to check-out for students.

2 articles.one conclusion.reasons to include cell phones in learning

Cell Phones in Learning

I just want to send a big "Bravo" to Craik High School principal Gord Taylor, Grades 8-9 teacher Carla Dolman, and Dean Shareski who are true trailblazers by taking a risk and integrating cell phones into learning! The article Phoning It In , describes how one school in Canada decided to "embrace" their students excitement and interest in cell phone use outside of school and bring it into the classroom. cellphone positive article

Cell Phone Remote Control with Voicethread

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2) Since you have to type in your number and it is an immediate call, students do have to have some sort of Internet access at home/outside of school to do this for homework. cellphone social studies voicethread mathI am a big fan of Voicethread for use in education.

Embracing Mobile To Educate For Tomorrow | MobileBehavior

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What better solution than to ban cellphones altogether? Marys City School in Ohio , mobile phones are embraced, not banished from being used in the classroom. Every student in our school district from 3rd grade to 6th grade has their own mobile learning device!

Yet Another Global K-12 Success Story

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Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris recently blogged Hong Kong School Leads the World in Cellphone Computer Use after visiting Pui Ching Middle School in Hong Kong.

Serious Games as Mobile Learning At School | FUTURE-MAKING SERIOUS GAMES

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He adds that many pupils now use their own laptops and netbooks in schools, and it’s hard to know where a netbook ends and a large smartphone begins. Hallam City Learning Centre is sited in the grounds of Notre Dame High School.

It's about reading, not paper vs pixels

Steve Vosloo

What our youth do have, however, are cellphones. The project that I lead, called m4Lit (mobiles for literacy), takes this book-poor/cellphone-rich context of South Africa — indeed of most of Africa — as a point of departure. Viva the cellphone!

Eyespot=Instant video blogging!

Cell Phones in Learning

Additionally in schools, it is often hard to reserve the computer lab or laptops with the editing software, so students are often rushed to finish their projects during class. Finally, video cameras are often scarece in schools and hard to check-out for students.

Create a numeric mobile address for any webpage!

Cell Phones in Learning

Parents, who may not have Internet access at home and would like to stay abreast of the latest school information on the class website or school homepage could have a simple numeric mobile web addresses of the class website and check the information on their mobile phones.

2 articles.one conclusion.reasons to include cell phones in learning

Cell Phones in Learning

I just want to send a big "Bravo" to Craik High School principal Gord Taylor, Grades 8-9 teacher Carla Dolman, and Dean Shareski who are true trailblazers by taking a risk and integrating cell phones into learning! The article Phoning It In , describes how one school in Canada decided to "embrace" their students excitement and interest in cell phone use outside of school and bring it into the classroom.

Scavenger Hunt with Cell Phones!

Cell Phones in Learning

Since the CPS systems often cost a good deal of money, many school districts cannot take advantage of them. In addition, I think that using cell phones would help "connect" students with their everyday lives outside of school and the tool they are using for class activities.

Cell Phone Remote Control with Voicethread

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2) Since you have to type in your number and it is an immediate call, students do have to have some sort of Internet access at home/outside of school to do this for homework. I am a big fan of Voicethread for use in education.

Uploading movies to Cell Phones.

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Since students are so excited and motivated to interact with their cell phones outside of school, they may be more engaged in a content-based assignment that is for cell phones.

Location Blogging for Free without Software!

Cell Phones in Learning

Over the course of the entire school year, the class could have a large collection of finds! Finally! After much research I have found a great and free web2.0 application that couples with cell phones for location blogging. It is called Flagr. Flagr allows anyone to create an account.

Text-message course helping newcomers learn English

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Text-message course helping newcomers learn English A pen and paper aren't necessary in an Edmonton classroom where students are learning English with a new tool — text messages on their cellphones. Student Fadieh Al-Kaloti said cellphone learning works well for her. "

Hurray! For Gcast Podcasting.

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She works at a Catholic K-8 school where she wanted to do podcasting, but did not have lots of cash for equipment. Even the state-wide Catholic school journal decided to publish about her successful project! I want to share an article about one of my former Master's students. Pat Sattler is an innovative and very creative technology teacher in Southeastern Michigan. She turned to the cell phone coupled with Gcast so that her students could podcast and create Radio Theaters.

MTV Generation, Mobile Journalism, and Election 2008

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While MTV's Choose or Lose campaign is not new (it was around when I was in high school and that is almost 20 years ago), but I think it is significant to note that MTV has always been on the "pulse" of how to get youth involved in democratic citizenship and important issues. I think that social studies teachers could take note of this mobile campaign and have their own mobile campaign reporters for local elections such as school board, city council, or mayor.

The future of education in Africa is mobile (BBC article)

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In sub-Saharan Africa, 10m children drop out of primary school every year. Even those fortunate enough to complete primary school often leave with literacy and numeracy skills far below expected levels. He founded the Yoza Cellphone Stories project in 2009.

Utterz.All-In-One mobile blogging! Free! Finally!

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This would be a great resource for students who are on field trips or a break from school. While there are some fantastic mobile blogging resources on the web, such as Gabcast , Gcast, Eyespot , Radar , Flickr , Jott , and Go@blogger.com , none of them allow you to post video, audio, text, and photos directly to a blog from their account. For example, Gabcast only posts audio, and Eyepsot posts video, while Flickr only will post images.

Location Moblogging.Resources? I've exhausted my search.

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2) They ask you to pay money to use the resource (as we know, this is not a great option for schools), such as Runner's world Run Tracker. From a post on Mobile Learning (Thank you Leonard Low!), I got the idea to start researching "loco mobloging" or location mobile blogging, where you can use your cell phone to immediately pinpoint your location on a map and post to the internet.

Maths and Science mobisite for “SmartLearners”

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Vanesh Gokal is Principal at Burnwood Secondary School in Durban, and a Maths and Physical Science teacher. Hence mobile learning through cellphones (which they all have) is very necessary.&#. Tags: Africa Country Resources South Africa mLearning Maths Science Secondary school He is also passionate about mlearning. In his own words: “Our learners are mostly from disadvantaged backgrounds, including informal settlements.

Go Mobile! The mlearning summit kicks off in Zambia at mLearning Africa

Steve Vosloo

Delegates include education ministry officials, curriculum experts, school masters and teachers. In her presentation the following emerged: In Zambia mobile phones are banned in most schools. Today a 3-day leadership summit — titled Go Mobile!

Students share their experiences of m-learning

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Dean’s ongoing experiences with learners using mobile phones as learning tools continue to demonstrate what’s possible when it comes to using the advanced capabilities of cellphones in learning contexts. How did students who didn’t have a cellphone feel?

The Innovative Educator: Ideas for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Cell Phones Even in Districts that Ban Them

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Ideas for Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Cell Phones Even in Districts that Ban Them Last week I had the opportunity to speak with colleagues interested in using cell phones to enhance teaching and learning in schools with a 21st century education focus.

Book: Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovative Approaches

Steve Vosloo

A challenge posed in the book is: how do we create alternative pathways to learning for school dropouts to give them an additional chance at learning or a career? It was an honour to be asked to contribute a description of Yoza Cellphone Stories as an example of such an alternative pathway.

Mobile Learning: A 3rd Reading List

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6) Back to School: 10 iPhone Apps for Students - A Mashable blog post. 10) Are Cellphones the Next Paper and Pencil – a user forum where educators and other interested parties discuss the implications and the future of cell phones in learning. Here is a follow-up to the first two mobile learning reading lists: The first one is here and the second one is here.

Day 3 of Go Mobile! mlearning summit in Zambia

Steve Vosloo

On the first day the delegates did not think much of mlearning: they basically saw cellphones as a nuisance to education. “I didn’t know that a cellphone could be used to take a video and send that to another person. “If you use a cellphone in the classroom you make teaching and learning more interesting, because that is what excites the learners.&#. “It is quicker to access information on the internet through cellphones than on PCs.&#.

Principals Trying out Cell Phones

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Might those students might get insights into the acceptable use of mobile technologies (useful for the rest of their lives, no less) that they wouldn’t otherwise get from a blanket ban on mobiles at school? Great work… Tags: phones , mobiles , cellphones , cellphone , mobile , phone , school , schools , ban , education , principal , cell , m-learning , mlearning , mobile learning , mobilelearning , mobile-learning , policy , policies , technology , technologies.

QR Codes.Integration into Learning? The Possibilities

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Can any cellphone scan QRcodes? Next they could post their QRcode all over the school/community/web where people can read it. QRcode for CellPhonesinLearning.com (generated from Kaywa ) I had been avoiding writing about QRcodes for a couple of reasons.

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QR Codes.Integration into Learning? The Possibilities

Cell Phones in Learning

Can any cellphone scan QRcodes? Next they could post their QRcode all over the school/community/web where people can read it. QRcode for CellPhonesinLearning.com (generated from Kaywa ) I had been avoiding writing about QRcodes for a couple of reasons.

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2010: A year in review

Steve Vosloo

I called the new offering Yoza Cellphone Stories , and assembled a freelance team to help me run it: top South African authors, an editor, graphic designer, moderators, and social media mavens. I am an advisor to the Department of Basic Education on its Guidelines on e-Safety in Schools.

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010 Cellphones & school: A great mix Today, two views on mobile learning: that of an 18-year-old social entrepreneur and school-reform activist in Georgia and that of a research guest-blogging at OReillys Radar. Why cellphones, not textbooks?

The Mobile Generation « NWP Walkabout

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We considered the hows and whys of using cellphones – what were being called “mobile learning devices” – in K-12 classrooms and for professional development. This Summit was sponsored by the Pearson Foundation’s Mobile Learning Institute and included presentations by Elliot Soloway and Cathleen Norris, longtime proponents of handhelds in the classroom; Sharnell Jackson, former Chief E-Learning Officer in the Chicago Public Schools; and Tom Greaves, an ed tech consultant.

Digital Education: AFT Ruffles Mobile Learning Advocates

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So you might expect them to get a bit ruffled when someone suggests that cellphones and other small, wireless electronics have no place in the classroom. Bass, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of Teachers, said cellphones have been more of a distraction for students than a learning tool. The naysayers arent the only obstacle to expanding the use of cellphones in classrooms. Many schools ban their use by students.