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Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning

ISBN: 978-1-118-11888-7
304 pages
October 2011, Jossey-Bass
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Mobilizing the power of cell phones to maximize students' learning power

Teaching Generation Text shows how teachers can turn cell phones into an educational opportunity instead of an annoying distraction. With a host of innovative ideas, activities, lessons, and strategies, Nielsen and Webb offer a unique way to use students' preferred method of communication in the classroom. Cell phones can remind students to study, serve as a way to take notes, provide instant, on-demand answers and research, be a great vehicle for home-school connection, and record and capture oral reports or responses to polls and quizzes, all of which can be used to enhance lesson plans and increase motivation.

  • Offers tactics for teachers to help their students integrate digital technology with their studies
  • Filled with research-based ideas and strategies for using a cell phone to enhance learning
  • Provides methods for incorporating cell phones into instruction with a unit planning guide and lesson plan ideas

This innovative new book is filled with new ideas for engaging learners in fun, free, and easy ways using nothing more than a basic, text-enabled cell phone.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

Marc Prensky xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction 1

ONE The Texting Teacher 15

TWO The Texting Learner 35

THREE Supporting Research-Based Instructional Strategies Using Cell Phones 67

FOUR The Six Building Blocks for Success with Cell Phones in Education 113

FIVE Cell Phone–Enriched Lessons to Engage Learners 147

SIX The Texting School Community 185

SEVEN How to Use Teaching Generation Text for Professional Development 205

APPENDIX Breaking the Ban with a Six-Part Plan 237

References 263

Index 267

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Author Information

Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb are experts in the use of cell phones in education. They speak to audiences around the globe at conferences, via webinars, on radio programs, and through online classes. Lisa Nielsen works with schools in New York City to innovate learning with technology. Her blog, The Innovative Educator, was named a top 20 education blog by Discovery Education. Willyn Webb has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator. She is also a licensed professional counselor and has written four books.

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