Saturday, January 13, 2007
Apple's iPhone in Education?
As I look at this device through the lens of my current research interests, I wonder: Would Apple consider making a version that works without the phone service, but uses the device on a classroom network? I could imagine a lot of ways that this device could be used to enhance learning. Right now, schools are paranoid about cell phones, with many K12 schools banning their use. But these schools also filter the Internet, so that these devices could safely be put into the service of learning. Online simulations, games, learning objects, widgets, blogs, a built-in digital camera to collect images; the capabilities of this device could far exceed the way Palms are currently being used in education today. I could imagine many ways that this device could become the next 1-1 platform for learning. I also see a tool that will support the many stages of ePortfolio development, including collection and reflection.
What do you think?
I do not see many school systems (especially in the South) that are ready for something like this.
I want one. But that doesn't mean it will translate into great learning. I would love to see a few classrooms work with this and see how it improved student achievement.
For $9.99 per year, the Mobicip.com service allows parents to protect their children while they browse on their mobile devices – often times away from direct supervision. Parents can start using the service immediately by choosing from three predefined age-appropriate content filtering levels (elementary, middle school, high school) derived from education-class technology standards that meet Federal Child Information Protection Act (CIPA) requirements. After that, they can easily customize disallowed categories, and build their own list of allowed and disallowed websites.
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