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Elaine R. Gagne EDUC 8841 Walden University. Cell Phones in College Courses. Implementation Proposal. “... If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow…”-- John Dewey (Founder of American Public Schools). Needs. Cell Phone Integration.

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cell phones in college courses

Elaine R. Gagne

EDUC 8841

Walden University

Cell Phones in College Courses

Implementation Proposal

“... If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow…”-- John Dewey (Founder of American Public Schools)

needs
Needs

Cell Phone Integration

  • Meets unique pedagogical needs of college students and professors for feedback and collaboration
  • Distance education is a viable, research-based option for learning
rate of adoption
Rate of Adoption

Ziff Davis (2010). U.S. cell phone penetration. Retrieved January 8, 2011, from http://www.gearlog.com/2007/11/us_cellphone_penetration_tops.php

development
Development

Perceived Problems in Integration

:

desired features
DesiredFeatures

Internet Browsers, Cameras, GPS, Memory Slots, Apps, Graphic Displays, SMS, Email, MP3, Games, e-Book, Calculator

:

commercialization
Commercialization
      • http://gizmodo.com/#!5061790/25-anniversary-of-the-first-commercial-cellphone-call-timeline
  • Mass marketed
  • General public
  • Students and faculty
  • Parents
  • Software/hardware developers
slide7

Research

  • 1.5 billion cell phones in use globally
  • http://k12online.wm.edu/K12_Kolb_Cell.mp3
  • 3G to 4G networking expanding access to service
  • It responds to the on-demand learning interests of connected
  • citizens in an informationcentric world (Wagner, p. 4).
  • “Investigations suggest mobile devices can be effective tools for a
  • broad range of educational activities” (Thornton & Houser, p. 217).
  • It also connects formal educational experience (e.g., taking a class,
  • attending a workshop, or participating in a training session) with informal, situated learning experience (e.g., receiving performance support while on the job (Wagner, p. 3).
innovators early adopters
Innovators & EarlyAdopters
  • Early Adopters
    • Administration
    • Students
      • Affordability
      • Training
      • Redirecting
      • Challenging
laggards

Teachers

  • Parents
    • Curriculum
    • Support
    • Trialability
Laggards
training needs
Training Needs
  • Teacher
    • Development
    • Maintenance
    • Curriculum integration
  • Students
    • Navigation
    • Sharing files
    • Integrity/Cheating
    • Internet searches
    • Blogging
    • Podcasts
alternatives
Alternatives

Media Labs

  • Less flexible
  • More expensive
  • Space intensive
  • More maintenance
  • Requires strong security measures
stakeholder benefits
StakeholderBenefits

Professors receive instructional support & interact with students

Generate Future Leaders

Students participate in collaborative activities

critical mass
Critical Mass

U.S. has critical mass in cell phone usage.

Japan uses cell phones in education.

Critical Mass not yet achieved in education in U.S. college classrooms.

Fuse cell phone usage into Advanced Placement courses.

Coordinate with college cell phone carrier to offer student discounted rate plans as an incentive.

change agents
Change Agents

Agent #1

Technology Coordinator

Agent #2

Pilot Course Faculty

Roger’s Change Agent Roles

Show need for cell phone integration

Create Pilot Course Cohort

Create Student Voice Exchange

Offer incentive to try course

Student Satisfaction Survey

Amalgamate with Blackboard

Offer other courses using same model

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Inspire

Excellence in Teaching

Excellence in Innovation

  • Promote Technical Literacy
  • Promote Information Literacy
  • Decrease the Digital Divide
  • Multiple Intelligence Theory
  • Uses Existing Platform Resources
slide19

Inspire

Creative Integration

Blackboard

eBooks

Google & Podcasts

Twitter’s Hoot

iTunes University

1,000’s more Apps…

Communication & Collaboration

Email

Discussion Threads

Photos, Videos, & Music

AOL, MSN Messenger, Skype Mobile

Blogging, Wikis, & Social Networking

slide20

Inspire

Hey, Professor!

Do you think U.S. educators will ever embrace cell phones in the collegiate classroom?

Social Change

Yes!

slide21

References

Kolb, L. (2007). Cell phones as classroom learning tools. [audio]. Retrieved January 12, 2011, from http://k12onlineconference.org/?p=109

Prensky, M. (2004). What can you learn from a cell phone? Almost anything.

Innovation. Retrieved January 6, 2010, from

http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky-

Rogers, Everett, M. (2008). Diffusion of innovations (5th ed.). New York, NY: Free Press.

Thornton, P., & Houser, C. (2005). Using mobile phones in English education in Japan. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 21(3), 217-228. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2729.2005.00129.x

Wagner, E. D. (2005). Mobile learning.Educause. Retrieved January 7, 2011,

from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0532.pdf