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Your Old Mobile Phone: The Perfect Holiday Gift

TB Hand-me-downs have a certain stigma, at least when it comes to clothes and toys. But finding a second life for gadgets like smartphones and tech devices is easy — especially when the recipients are kids. A recent PBS KIDS survey of parents of 2- to 10-year-olds found that kids will be the gleeful recipients … Continue reading Your Old Mobile Phone: The Perfect Holiday Gift →

To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies

Flickr:From_Ko Last week, a  study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that cellphones have become “near ubiquitous”: 83% of American adults own one. Over half of all adult mobile phone owners had used their phones at least once to get information they needed right away. And more than a quarter said that … Continue reading To Ban or Not to Ban: Schools Weigh Cell Phone Policies →

10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For

Technology has been used in the classroom for decades now. But with the advent of cloud computing and the proliferation of smaller, more portable computers and Internet-capable devices, it’s now possible to bring the classroom into the technology instead. Mobile learning, focuses on learning through mobile devices, allowing learners to move about in a classroom … Continue reading 10 Major Mobile Learning Trends to Watch For →

What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II

Here’s the second part of my original interview with Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use in young people. Ito is co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media, and has been studying the subject of how kids interact with mobile devices. Ito talks … Continue reading What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II →

How Californians Might be Closing the Digital Divide

For those who can’t afford or don’t have access to computers, can smart phones serve as substitutes? The question of whether mobile devices can close the digital divide between the haves and have-nots came up again yesterday with the release of a report by the Public Policy Institute of California. Among many other findings, the … Continue reading How Californians Might be Closing the Digital Divide →

How Can Students Use Their Own Devices in School? Ask Them!

“Instead of wondering what students can do with their devices … district educators ask students to create or brainstorm ways they might use their devices for learning purposes.” What a concept! The quote comes from Jill Hobson, Forsyth County School District’s instructional technology director talking about the district’s “Bring Your Own Technology” initiative in this … Continue reading How Can Students Use Their Own Devices in School? Ask Them! →

Can Cell Phones Fry Your Brain? Ask Student Scientists!

Teenagers love to sleep with their cell phones under their pillows. Knowing this, high school chemistry teacher Tanya Katovich from Palatine, Illinois, decided to leverage it as a way to get her students interested in conducting a science experiment. “For a student, the second you bring up a cell phone, that’s fascinating to them,” she … Continue reading Can Cell Phones Fry Your Brain? Ask Student Scientists! →

Four Fantastic Citizen Scientist Apps and Sites

Project NOAH By Audrey Watters Citizen science expands scientific inquiry and research from academics, researchers, and clinicians to include volunteers “outside the lab,” if you will, many of whom do not have formal scientific training. Volunteers — individuals and large networks of people — aid scientific projects through observations, calculations, and other support efforts. Here’s … Continue reading Four Fantastic Citizen Scientist Apps and Sites →

Can Cell Phones Solve Teacher Shortages?

Joel Klein believes they could, according to a New York Post article. The former New York City Schools Chancellor, under whose leadership the School of One project was launched, now works for News Corp., which owns The Post. From the article: Klein was hesitant to delve into details about his new endeavors, but he said … Continue reading Can Cell Phones Solve Teacher Shortages? →

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