7A Speed and Mobiles

Title - Joy's NET GEN ED PROJECT 2009
Video Number - 7.A.1
Author - Joy J, USA, 2009
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Essential question:

NetGeners "expect a quick response" (36) in their world while speed "characterizes the flow of information." (35) How can this technology be used to improve the speed at which NetGen learners access other students, their teachers, and their organizations? How does this change how educators and students live their lives?

Mobiles and Speed of Access to Information

Information and Knowledge

Mobiles can provide so much information. These days cellphones are able to connect to the internet for a small fee and sometimes even free. Cell phones allow us to access the internet at all times. Internet on cell phones isn't slow, but there is still room for improvement.

Mobile devices also have the capability to function as a planner as well. This is very useful for teachers, students, and everyday people in general.The paper planner will go away. Students can buy a planner specifically for homework. It reduces the need for paper, which also is an environmental advantage.

Other Students

Students benefit from speed and mobiles. For example, in projects like this where we are involved in Wikispaces and Ning, it's helpful and more accessible to pull out you mobile device and access the internet. You can collaborate with students from all over the world.

As we all know, students can sometimes be forgetful...especially when it comes to school. Mobile devices are changing that. Almost every cell phone has a calculator. The iTouch has a standard calculator, but when you turn it, it also becomes a scientific calculator, which is a necessity in Geometry and other high school math classes. It saves a trip down the hall and keeps students in the classroom, because they can pull out their mobile device, and there they have the calculator. Mobile devices help you do and get things faster.

The iTouch with apps can be very useful. With the purchase of a particular app about classic books, a student can have a literature book right on their mobile device. The student might forget to bring the book home, but all he has to do is pull out the iTouch. So with the iTouch, it could be a better use when reading books, or other pieces of literature in class.

Mobile devices can help a student with their academics in many ways. Say they are on vacation and they forget the homework assignment, they could use their internet enabled mobile and email there teacher for the homework and within seconds they can get there homework right on their mobile device. Before mobiles had such great speed and internet access, the student would have to find an internet enabled computer and sit there and wait for the homework instead of just going out and then being notified when you receive it.

Teachers and Professors

Teachers have the ability to benefit a lot from mobiles and speed. Imagine a world where teachers could give oral tests and update the grades right then and there. Everybody from Kindergarten to High School teachers can benefit from this. In Kindergarten, a teacher could ask the child to say his ABC's, the child says them, and the teacher pulls out her iTouch and enters the grades right there. This also relates to High School. Yesterday, in Biology, my class was asked to say and point out the direction of the water in the water vascular system of a starfish. This was an oral grade. I noticed the teacher having to write the grades down manually and then get on the internet to record the grades. If she had an iTouch she could just record the grade right when we finished. The portability and the fact that you always have your iTouch on you, it all equals speed and that's what makes our lives easier.

Mobiles can also assist teachers and professors in another way. If class ran short and the teacher or professor didn't have time to assign homework, he could pull out his iTouch and email or text message all the students. They get the message, and they do it. It's that easy.

Teachers should be the first to have fast, web enabled mobiles. If students have a question about their homework or questions about the information they are studying, they can email their teacher. If all of the teachers had web enabled mobiles, they could receive that email and respond faster. Without using mobiles, the students would have to wait for the teacher to check their email. By then, it could be too late.


How should students be able to interact with their schools and universities using their mobiles to allow speedy answers to their most pressing questions in all areas of student life? (i.e. academics, athletics, events, safety, enrollment, etc.)

Students should be able to interact with their schools and universities using their mobiles because it can keep the students up to date with work in class. Also if students are on excursions and they need the internet it will be easy for them to access it anywhere. The students can receive information on events that are happening in the school anywhere they are. Since the mobiles have become very big and advanced now, this tool would become very helpful in schools.

It's also important for universities to frequently be in contact with students in case of an emergency. In the US, there have been several college attacks in the last couple of years. Colleges need to be able to contact the students as fast as possible to let them know what is going on. Text messaging has helped. For example, when the Virginia Tech Massacre happened, the parents knew what was happening because from the news. They quickly text messaged their children letting them know of what was going on.

Team Members:

Joy J (WHS)Westwood Schools- Camilla, GA, USA
Divya N- RSC Australia
BlakeRB (MHS)-Vermont,USA