In today's "flat world" millions of students in China, Japan, the Philippines, and Germany are using their mobile phones to learn English; study math, health and spelling; and to access live and archived university lectures. Marc Prensky shares that the average cell phone has more computing power than many of the computers of 10 years ago. He goes on to ask, “How can we harness that power in education?” Below are 10 easy ideas for integrating cell phones into learning and instruction.
1. Student response polling or pop quizzes 2. Find definitions, currency conversion, math equations, translations 3. Use as an Internet browser to access information 4. Research 5. Read news articles and current events 6. Read books 7. Download and use education programs such as Google Maps and use as GPS 8. Use as a digital or video camera to accompany school projects, publishing, etc. 9. Educate students on appropriate and acceptable social use 10. Use the voice technology to share engaging lectures or lessons
Listed below are additional resources for learning more about integrating cell phones into instruction. Toy to Tools Blog by Liz Kolb http://www.cellphonesinlearning.com/ This blog is dedicated to conversing on methods for integrating cell phones into classroom learning.