"Please turn on your cell phone – or your iPad or whatever wireless device you brought from home. Class is about to begin." More and more students may be hearing that instruction at the start of class. It's the introduction to the third and final piece of the Consortium for School Networking's report on mobile phones in as education technology: "Small Size, Big Potential: Mobile Learning Devices … [Read more...] about Mobile learning gathering momentum
Wow, remember the film American Grafitti? It's ancient history more than ever now. Gartner research found that 46% of Americans 18-24 "prefer access to the Internet over access to their own car, and that teens drive less overall today than they did in past generations," Forbes reports, "highlighting the impact of technology on kids and the auto industry’s future challenges." Not a huge surprise, … [Read more...] about Young Americans want phones more than cars?!
For US mobile phone users 13+, usage went up just over the past summer in all categories comScore measures. The categories are sending texts (71.1%, up 1.5%), using a browser (42.9%, up 2.8%), downloading apps (39.5%, up 3%), accessing a social network site or blog (29.1%, up 2.4%), playing games (26.9%, up 1.9%), and listening to music (19%, up 1.9%). So even in the US, where most Internet users … [Read more...] about Growth in all facets of US mobile use
The Cyberbullying Research Center has some helpful policy-development advice for schools – policy all middle and high schools should have in place, says Sameer Hinduja, author, researcher, and co-director of the Center. I so agree, because clearly stated and implemented policy reduces the emotion and politics that only add to the emotional harm some students incur by having extremely embarrassing … [Read more...] about Of school policy on sexting
All the more reason for kids to be friending only people they know offline: Facebook just added audio to its chat feature. By installing a free app called Bobsled by T-Mobile, users can make it so Facebook chat is like talking on the phone. T-Mobile's new Bobsled service lets PC and Macintosh users make calls between Facebook pages, add voice to any Facebook Chat and leave voice messages and wall … [Read more...] about Voice added to text chat on Facebook