I just came from a very interesting web seminar on mobile learning. In the seminar, the presenter mentioned that New York City is giving over a million cell phones to middle school students as a learning initiative. Here is a link to that article.
Here are 3 (of the many) interesting points in this article:
- Students can earn ‘talk time’ minutes or ring tones by completing homework, getting good grades, and participating in class.
- Students will be set up with a successful professional mentor who will help model that a middle-class life is desirable.
- Cell phones were banned in class in the NYC school system in 2006. (This must mean that the cell phones will not be used as a learning device in class . . .)