A classroom teacher went from using a phone as s stopwatch, to sending text messages to students and parents for homework reminders. The article can be found at the bottom of this post but it is interesting to how teachers are using cell phones. Let’s face it, almost all students have a cell phone and while it can be used as a distraction, there is also some good behind it. Personally, the best way for me to get a hold of someone is to text them. It’s quick and efficient and a great way to send a point across.
Are there risks in having phone numbers be shared between students and teachers? Of course. However, does that means teachers need to have their number unlisted? No. I am supportive of this and I think it’s a great way to reach out to students on the medium they are using. This method can definitely be approved upon and hopefully it will to eliminate some of the obvious risks.
For online learning this can be great. Send a text when the next lecture is posted or when an assignment has been marked. Quicker than a phone call and you don’t need an email system to say “Assignment 1 has been marked”. This is similar to how teachers use Twitter in their classroom except a cell phone is much more personal and the messages are not posted for the public to see.