=3A Transparency and Mobiles Title - Ryan Mobiles Video Number - 3.A.1 Author - Ryan, USA, 2009
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Essential question:

Businesses targeting NetGen should expect and welcome intense scrutiny of its products, promotional efforts, and their corporate practices."How will the use of this technology be done in a way that will allow the NetGeneration to scrutinize the textbooks, information, teachers/ professors, schools, and companies that they interact with in the learning experience? What is happening or should be done in this area?"

Mobiles and Textbooks

How should mobiles be used to interact or authenticate information found in the textbooks and reading assignments in schools?

With mobiles having 3G technologies we could send school assignments, notes, and anything else over cell phones, that way students would actually read them. I mean who wouldn’t read a text message, and we can also save trees. By doing it this way school would actually be fun to go to, because in this generation kids are really good at using mobile devices. We can also use mobile devices to check for things that are in our history books, science books, and even are literature books. Impossible? I think not; because with today’s technology most phones have wifi connection, so you can go online, go to google and type in anything you need help with. Yes, its amazing, really amazing.

If a student is sick or on vacation, they could call the teacher during class and be put on speaker so they could still participate in the class. For example, if the class was going to read a chapter of a book out loud, an absent student could read the book from home. His voice would still be heard by his classmates, and he could hear additional information said by the teacher. Also, if there is information in the textbook that seems “iffy” or outdated, the students could pull out their phones and search it on Google. It’s much faster than going to the library or going over to the computers. More of the students would be able to participate because almost everyone would have a cell phone. Think of the fountain of information the class could discover if everyone searched it on their phones and found different sources of information!

There is a risk of many distractions if phones were brought to class. The same risks could occur, however, with laptops (instant messaging) and the old-fashion way of passing notes in class. Many Net Geners love to text, but there are measures that could be taken to make sure they don't text during class. For example, the teacher could hold on to students' cell phones during class until they need it. Similar to teachers passing out worksheets, they could pass out cell phones when they need to research information online. If students try to text friends instead of doing the assignment, they would receive the same punishment as if they were passing notes in class. If a teacher sees someone using their phone in a secretive way under the desk, it's pretty obvious that they're not doing the assignment. So, students should keep their phones on their desks while doing the assignment so the teacher can see what they're doing at all times. As with all new technology, it just takes a little adjusting to use it. In due time, it would become a huge help to class.

Mobiles and Teacher / Professor Transparency

How should mobiles be used to interact with teachers and professors in ways that respect privacy and personal time but also allow accessibility to information and learning?

In my school, the teachers openly give their phone number to us so we can call them when we need help. This was probably unheard of before. The students really benefit from being able to call the teacher because they get more work done and those who need clarification can get help instantly. Now, students even forward things to their teacher that they receive from a friend. The connection between teachers and students are stronger now than ever. One way to be respectful of the teacher is to refrain from sending chain mail that says “Send this to 10 other people or you will have bad luck for the rest of your life.” This is disrespectful to the teacher and they do not have time in their busy schedule to forward e-mail every time they receive something like that.

Mobiles and Educational Institution Transparency

How should mobiles be used to allow students and their parents interact with the school or university that students attend in all areas of student life? (education, academics, enrollment, athletics, safety, dining, etc.)

These days mobiles act like portable computers, which means we can take advantage of this and use them for school work, say… our printer wasn’t working we can store the info on our mobiles instead (certain mobiles can even have Microsoft word on them). That way there’s no excuse of not doing your work.

We could get the school to send reminders of important events, like excursions or due assignments, etc. Our parents could keep in contact with the school much easier and keep up to date with our progress and Assignments. The school could even invest in a computers system that sends out certain messages weather there about safety, or important up and coming school events. How about if your in the school band for example. The teacher of that subject could send out a message telling you when the next band practise is.

Many schools have websites with important messages for students and their parents. For example, the school St. Paul the Apostle has a website with important information of events during school. With wifi, students could instantly check the website on the way to school to see if there are any important events or practices that they should be aware of. Parents could also call the school office to notify them if their child is sick. Mobile phones give parents and students a way to communicate with the school faculty anytime, anyplace.

Team Members:

Ryan_Ning Cordova Alaska
Crystal_Ning SPA, USA
Jay C.C from JCBTHS, Aus