NYC Gives Middle School Student Cell Phones

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 . . .)

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