Cell Phones in the Classroom?

Believe it or not…

some teachers are incorporating cell phones into their classroom activities.

Here’s a bit about how they are being used:

“I integrated the phones into everything we did,” says Cook. “I could have students draw solar system orbits on their devices, and then animate them to show them in real orbit.” In math, Cook’s students used animations to change number values by moving around decimal points. And for joint research projects, they used their smartphones to take pictures, explore relevant Web sites, fill in spreadsheets, and compose Word documents that they shared by pointing the devices end-to-end and beaming the information to each other. From District Administration

Let’s cut to the chase with a list of pros and cons:

Pros

  • Real world technology
  • Includes texting, Web browsing, and game playing
  • Part of “anytime, anywhere” learning
  • Reduce “the digital divide” as cell phones are relatively inexpensive (compared to computers)

Cons

  • Some find cell phones distracting
  • Small screen size
  • Requires wireless

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What do you think?

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One Response to Cell Phones in the Classroom?

  1. myworldbyme says:

    I agree ! Integration is the key to facilitate learning.

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