Thursday, December 31, 2009

Iphone App - edutecher


Edutecher is a free web resource that is now available on Itunes as a download for your Iphone or Ipod Touch.  It is a good way to keep in touch with educational resources that use technology.  If you don't have an Iphone or Ipod Touch you can still visit the website for the same information.

In the app it has links that you can browse through.  When you find one that you like you can email them, post to Twitter, Save the Article, or open it in Safari.  The app also has edutecherTV which provides tutorial videos on your Iphone as well other videos worth watching.  It also allows you to view the Edutecher Twitter Account.  You can also search the links and resources that have been provided as well as browse through resources based on categories.

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SMS Text to Web Chat

While searching the Internet for articles related to educational technology I came across an article by a student through Web2.0 Classroom's Twitter post.  The student is arguing about trusting students to use the technology in the classroom.  There was also mention of cell phone use by students.

Cell phones are a problem for many schools and districts across the country.  Many schools are embracing the technology in their classrooms, others are completely banning cellphones in the classrooms.  Some schools are also semi embracing them (use in the hallways, but not in the classrooms, etc.

There are tons of arcticles about the impact of texting in education, a few are below:
Text Messaging is Transforming Education
Txting away ur education
OMG! Teachers say texting can be good for teens
Could Texting be Good for Students?

So in trying to embrace Texting in schools I searched the Internet, but with little success for a web 2.0 software that students could send an SMS text too and it would appear in a chat box, kind of like TodaysMeet does.  Could we create an SMS texting software on the Internet that students could send a text too in class as part of a discussion?  It would be a great way for students who normally are quiet to get involved in the conversation.  Not every classroom has access to laptops or computers, but many students have access to cell phones....so I guess the question than becomes....

If you can't beat 'em, Join 'em?

What are your thoughts?  Please share below.
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