Friday, August 21, 2009

Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education

Liz Kolb / International Society for Technology in Education / 2008 / ISBN 978-1-56484-247-3 / 240 pp. / $ 24.45 (Member)

Many, if not most, educators view cell phones as the enemy. Author Liz Kolb sees them as powerful technology in the hands of students. Acknowledging the current reality—that many schools ban student cell phone use in the classroom—Kolb discusses a host of innovative and highly interesting uses for the technology that do not require using the phones in the classroom. She also addresses the issues that have caused the bans and provides guidelines for overcoming the problems.

Ignoring, or worse, demonizing a technology that students willingly and actively use in every other aspect of their lives is not a winning educational strategy. Tapping into the ubiquitous power of modern communications technology and merging it with the flexibility and excitement of the Interactive Web (Web 2.0), Kolb provides a vision in which engaged students use the tools of their choice to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Mini lessons and powerful resources throughout the book are easily adaptable and appropriate for almost any grade level.

General Table Of Contents

Chapter 1 > Cell Phones as Learning Tools
Chapter 2 > Concerns with Cell Phones in the Classroom
Chapter 3 > Conferencing, and Mobile Notes

Chapter 4 > Cell Phones as Cameras and Camcorders
Chapter 5 > Developing Classroom Projects for Cell Phones
Chapter 6 > Cell Phones as Research and Organizational Tools

Chapter 7 > Cell Phones as Management Tools
Chapter 8 > Cell Phones in Preschool and Lower Elementary Learning
Chapter 9 > The Future of Cell Phones in Schools
Chapter 10> More Web 2.0 Resources for Cell Phones

National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS)

Detailed Table Of Contents Available At


Chapter Excerpts

Introduction; Chapter 1: Cell Phones as Learning Tools, Chapter 2: Concerns with Cell Phones in the Classroom. (PDF, 23 pages)


Associated Webinar


From Toy to Tool: Cell Phones in Learning > A Conversation About Integrating Student Cell Phones Into Classroom Curricula / Liz Klob Blog


Cell Phones in Learning With Liz and Jeff (blogtalkradio)






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