I know that you are doing a session on cell phones on Monday.

I know they are not popular with high school teachers, but I have used mine with my grade 12’s this year and it has been a very positive experience. We text reminders back and forth about assignments, tests, etc.

Kids will text me if they are going to be away or if they have a specific question. They like the reminders and voluntarily gave me their numbers. We have played a game in the classroom where they could “text a friend” and they got a real charge out of this.

I have other plans yet – emailing pictures to the kids and our blog, using gcast, having the kids use their phones as a tool in the classroom. I continue to look for ways to turn this “social toy” into a “learning tool”.