Cell Phones in Classrooms as Educational Tool?

Action Alert

July 16, 2009
Contact: Virginia Hines
[email protected]


Dear Colleagues,

Please read and forward to others who might be able to sign on to this Sprint sponsored discussion on selling cell phones to schools for students to use as an educational tool in the classroom.

The marketing to cash strapped schools is strong right now and one wonders what motivates school districts to seek additional revenue to pay for new wireless digital technology when teachers are being laid off and many programs and services are being eliminated.

Your participation in this program would provide a public venue where questions about health can b e raised on behalf of children, youth and school personnel.


Elizabeth Kelley, M.A.
Advisor, The EMR Network

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Cellphones as Instructional Tools
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Cellphones have been called “the new paper and pencil” or “the new laptop,” and they could be in the hands of as many as 10 million to 15 million schoolchildren in the next few years. For their instructional potential and ability to connect students to the Internet, mobile devices are quietly making their way into schools in the United States and abroad. There is a chance that cellphones can help to aid those students who wish to access online learning materials. This wouldn’t come as a surprise, especially as many people are now taking up online courses, (click here for more information) to help with their education. What does your district, school, or classroom need to make this technology leap? Guests will discuss policy and implementation issues and offer practical curriculum ideas for every subject.


Elliot Soloway, professor, School of Information, School of Education, and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

Liz Kolb, education technology instructor, University of Michigan and Madonna University; author, Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education

Ron Myers, principal, Trinity Meadows Intermediate School, Keller, Texas

Related stories:

Students Turn On Their Cellphones for Classroom Lessons
Mobile Devices Seen as Key to 21st-Century Learning
Adding a Touch of Technology
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