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Marci_Powell
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Today, as educators we are striving to find ways to provide educational opportunity to all students everywhere. In some countries, that means finding a way to reach students who do not have electricity or access to the Internet...students who cannot walk many miles to a access a learning institutions.

 

I could write a wonderful blog about the tremendous benefits video conferencing and asynchronous online distance learning programs. How these solutions have afforded us the ability to address educational equity for decades, but I won't at this time. I I will save that for another time. For now I want to explore where we are headed with mobile technologies and I invite you to join me in a discussion. Let's just start an initial look.

 

 You can find the good side and bad side of cell phone's in education for primary, secondary or tertiary level. The good side is the way their usage enables educational equity to the rural student or the way the technology supports learning. The bad, as some would say, is in looking at it as a disruptive technology.

  

Take a moment to look at a school TV commercial from Idea Cellular, an Indian mobile network company. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVAs82bw1HA  Here smart phones are meeting the needs of the extremely remote student.

 

Look at international award winning Abilene Christian Universities Mobile for Learning project: http://www.acu.edu/technology/mobilelearning/

 

Likewise, listen to the reflections of a prinicipal who allows phone usage on his campus. http://esheninger.blogspot.com/2011/08/advancing-mobile-phones-as-learning.html 

 

What do you think? Good? Bad? Both? Or are we only on the brink of possibilities?

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