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Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning
Mobilizing the power of cell phones to maximize students' learning power
Teaching Generation Text shows how teachers can turn cell phones into an educational opportunity instead of an annoying distraction. With a host of innovative ideas, activities, lessons, and strategies, Nielsen and Webb offer a unique way to use students' preferred method of communication in the classroom. Cell phones can remind students to study, serve as a way to take notes, provide instant, on-demand answers and research, be a great vehicle for home-school connection, and record and capture oral reports or responses to polls and quizzes, all of which can be used to enhance lesson plans and increase motivation.
Offers tactics for teachers to help their students integrate digital technology with their studies
Filled with research-based ideas and strategies for using a cell phone to enhance learning
Provides methods for incorporating cell phones into instruction with a unit planning guide and lesson plan ideas
This innovative new book is filled with new ideas for engaging learners in fun, free, and easy ways using nothing more than a basic, text-enabled cell phone.
If you show this book to some administrators, tech directors, or parents, you might find yourself in the midst of a book burning. The through to using text messaging and cell phones in the classroom! Sin and degradation! Cool off. Calm down. Every kid who possibly can is texting, texting, and texting some more. It is the number one technology used by kids and teens. Let’s get real! Let’s use this technology to boost learning and at the same time teach responsibility in digital space. These authors provide a common-sense and forward-thinking book of ideas for capturing the most common tool and bending it over into an academic benefit. Just calm down. Read and discuss a chapter. Think. Ask the kids. Do an experiment. Let everyone know you are experimenting. Do something that boosts learning and brag, brag, brag about it. Yes, there are equity issues when kids don’t have texting plans on their cell phones. But there are ways around that and with a bit of creativity and kid involvement, they will help the adults figure it out. This book is a must read. Controversial? Yes. Necessary? Absolutely. Let’s face the real world. It’s past time.read more
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