Cell Phone for Learning AUP

Obviously cell phones in the classroom have many advantages and after researching the topic more in depth, it is clear tuhe advantages outweight the disadvantages of allowing mobile devise in the classrooms. I remember in high school having a cell phone but keeping it on silence or turned off in school or during instruction to avoid disrupting the class and getting it taken up. I think teachers shouold teach students mobile etiquette, safety, and the academic uses for cell phones because regardless just about all of our students will have cell phones whether we agree with it or not and mobile learning represents the next step in a long tradition of technology mediated learning. The most valuable peice of research I found was a powerpoint made by discovery education: http://community.discoveryeducation.com/files/media_matters This presentation has a very catchy title, "It's In Your Pocket: Teaching Spectacularly with Cellphones and does a great job explaining the many benefits of cell phones and integrating them into the classroom. It is a cell phone, text messenger, camera, video camera, video player, podcaster, gps, music player all in one small portable device that you can carry in your pocket or purse. This small device is so powerful and offers so much how are we just going to ignore it and take advantage of what it has to offer. Personally, i use my phone to check my e-mail, blackboard, and news more than I use my computer or television. Anytime I have a question about anything, I can google it directly and usually get an answer within thirty seconds. It doesn't get much more convenient than that. Online and E learning are becoming the common form of connectivity and content distribution that are capable of giving learners alternatives for pursuing academic ambitions through online courses and and programs. Overall students, teachers, and administartors should realize that cellphones are efficient, flexible, reliable, secure, accessible, and interactive pieces of technology that should not be taken for granted.

If the school district does allow student's to have cell phones while at school an acceptable fair use policy would be that if the teacher decides to allow cell phone usage in the classroom, the student agrees to not use the cell phone with inappropriate behavior such as cheating or taking inappropriate images, etc... and that it is only used for emergencies, academic, learning, and instruction purposes while in the teachers classroom. Consequences will be discussed for inappropriate cell phone behavior with teachers and administrators.