It’s More than Just a Phone.

I spent the better part of my day today as a participant in a Dell Education Think Tank conversation on Teacher Effectiveness and Next Generation Learning here in Raleigh.  It was a remarkable conversation that I’m sure I’ll be writing about for the next few weeks.

For tonight, though, I wanted to share a fantastic image that Greg Gersch — the graphic artist that was capturing our thoughts — developed during our conversation:

(View image credits on Flickr here)

 

Greg’s image was built around an interaction that Bruce Friend had with a student several years back.

While facilitating a conversation around the use of technology in schools, a student participant pulled out his phone and asked the adults in the conversation what they saw.

“Your phone,” they all answered simultaneously.

The student’s response:  “That’s where you’re wrong.  You see this as my phone.  I see it as my learning device.  And when you take it away from me when I walk in the door, you lose me as a learner.”

#ouch

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Cell Phones are Disrupting the Learning Environment

Using Cell Phones in Schools

Lessons Learned on Cell Phones in Schools