"Let's help them learn the way they want to," said Joe Jenkins, chief technology officer at Natomas Unified School District. "They want to use cell phones. They want to text. … They respond to it."
Jenkins recently received instructional software for cell phones. If it passes muster, he will pilot it in a class for a year before district officials decide whether to make it part of the curriculum.
Ignoring the technical problems--does each kid have a phone, are the phones compatible, does each phone have the necessary capabilities--is there anything inherently good or bad about this approach?
Where education is concerned, I'm definitely in the "do what works" camp. I haven't yet been convinced, however, that adding more silicon "works". Thirty years and untold billions or even trillions of dollars have been spent on "technology" in schools, and I don't see that there's been an education boon. TVs/VCRs/DVD players, computer labs, internet access, graphing calculators, and now cell phones. You'll have to pretend I'm from Missouri and Show Me.