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Toys to Tools

Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education
Product code: TOYTUL
ISBN: 9781564842473
Published: 2008

Audience: Educators(K–12), technology coordinators, administrators, teacher educators
Media type: Paper
Length: 230 Pages
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By Liz Kolb

Many, if not most, educators view cell phones as the enemy. Author Liz Kolb sees them as powerful technology in the hands of students. Acknowledging the current reality—that many schools ban student cell phone use in the classroom—Kolb discusses a host of innovative and highly interesting uses for the technology that do not require using the phones in the classroom. She also addresses the issues that have caused the bans and provides guidelines for overcoming the problems.

Ignoring, or worse, demonizing a technology that students willingly and actively use in every other aspect of their lives is not a winning educational strategy. Tapping into the ubiquitous power of modern communications technology and merging it with the flexibility and excitement of the Interactive Web (Web 2.0), Kolb provides a vision in which engaged students use the tools of their choice to enhance learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Mini lessons and powerful resources throughout the book are easily adaptable and appropriate for almost any grade level.

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Product Reviews:
"This book could easily be subtitled all-you-wanted-to-know-about-cell-phone-use-in-schools-but-hesitated-to-ask. It will easily serve as the practitioner’s guide to educational use of cell phones. Kolb…provides concrete suggestions for what to teach and how to teach it—everything from suggested letters to parents or administrators explaining proposed instructional projects to detailed, standards-based lesson plans." —Choice Magazine
"Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education is a ground-breaking voulume." —Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University Bloomington