Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Hall Davidson - Cellphones in Schools

Kinda live blogging Hall's presentation - trying to "catch the gist"

"High School Girls Can do More with a Phone in a Bag than you can Ever Imagine"

Parents are going to start requiring that their kids carry cellphones in schools because parents want to track monitor stalk tether etc... their kids

Schools are losing the debate about whether or not a kid can carry a cellphone

Cellphones are turning over quickly and they are changing.

Nokia is largest manufacturer of digital cameras and media players

US is 3-4 years behind the tech world in cellphone use

Third world countries use cellphones - even Cuba

The Taliban forbids cellphones and so does a High School near you.

Hall demonstrates a live video feed from Qik with the help of Steve Dembo

Ideas

Send in lesson plans via video
Announcements - video messages that anyone can see

Pre and post assignments with your kids

Cellphones will all have video soon. We should start thinking about how we will use this in education.

Showing sample videos

Just showed how to send a Jott to Twitter - It didn't work the first time - tried a second time.



How about using Jott to document interventions for RTI - use Jott to send an email to yourself

You can use your cellphone to translate text



Hall asked the audience to use G-cast to record the answer to a question and poll the audience on a question

Text Hall a story in six words - he posted his cell number (I won't here)

Demonstrates Poll Everywhere - asks why would you want to buy a classroom response system when most kids already have a cellphone

Schools need to develop a cellphone acceptable use policy

Hall uses Poll Everywhere to gather short answer feedback real-time about a cellphone acceptable use policy

Cutting Edge Cellphone Stuff

Use the cellphone as a "bar code scanner" to gather information from a code on the side of an item (I remember hearing about this in Japan existing already)
A cellphone that "reads" the items that you put in front of it developed by Kuzweil
Put your medical record on your cellphone
A phone that monitors bad breath :)
Medical reference
Flashlight
Video Projector (showed a video of a cellphone with a projector built in)
Google 466453
Food info 34381 - text it big mac for an example
Google Calendar

Hall Asks - How will we move new media into education?

One time cable was once new media and look what it has given us.

Old media is becoming new media with mobile web presences - take the weather channel for example.

Our non working hours have been ruined by cellphones - why shouldn't it happen for the kids? Send them a quiz on their cellphone!

This isn't going away find some way to embrace it.

30% of I-phone users are watching videos on their phones.

Hall demonstrated using 2 I-phones used as a keyboard.


His presentation will be at http://discoveryedspeakersbureau.com under his name later today

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