U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is of the mind that schools and colleges should deliver course content to students directly to their cell phones. According to an interview he gave to eCampus News, he feels since teenagers and young adults are using cell phones constantly, technology officials should find ways to send homework, video lectures, and other classroom materials via these devices so students can study wherever they are.
This is causing an uproar in many circles who use terms like Education Armageddon to describe the scenario that would ensue if cellphones were integrated into the curriculum. The norm still is that cell phones are either forbidden or required to be shut off in class. Slowly we'll begin to think about the kinds of activities in which we can engage students with the use of their cell phones that relate to the lesson at hand. The final step will be the products that emerge to facilitate the process.