Cell Phones as Computers

Interesting Article about a Keller ISD Teacher:

Matt Cook, a teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, Texas, said a class of fifth graders have been using donated Verizon smart phones with specialized software to perform tasks including Internet research and using Microsoft Office programs Word and Excel, The Dallas Morning News reported Friday.

Cook said he came up with the idea for classroom use of cell phones, which students in the district are banned from carrying in all other contexts, after attending a technology conference.

“To me, this is the new paper and pencil,” Cook said to the newspaper.

Laptops are oh so ’90s – they’re your parents’ generation,” said Elliot Soloway, a University of Michigan professor who created the software that the students are using. “While every kid does need a computer, the computer that will happen on will be cellphones. The cellphone is now as important as a pair of shoes or a coat.”

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