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January 17, 2011

Spectrum Analyzer Catches Cell Phone Cheats In Taiwan

FSH4 .jpg According to Information Week, German communications equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz said that Taiwanese government officials recently purchased three of its FSH4 spectrum analyzers to watch for the presence of cell phones.

quotemarksright.jpgThe goal was to monitor an exam hall filled with prospective government workers. Officials prohibit cell phones during exams, because answers could be relayed to test takers by voice or text.

The National Communications Commission, Taiwan's broadcasting regulator, also requested that the spectrum analyzers -- normally used to test cell phone signal strength -- have specific software modifications.

The modified devices were used in conjunction with earpieces, so that roving exam monitors would be quietly alerted when they were in the presence of an active cell phone. Officials said they identified at least three individuals using smartphones during the exam, though couldn't say whether they'd be formally accused of cheating. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Related articles on students cheating with cell phones

emily | 5:49 PM | permalink

December 13, 2010

FCC to Host Panel on Mobile Phone Use Among Teens

In an effort to navigate through the myriad of concerns related to mobile use among teens, the FCC has announced that it will hold an interactive forum on Tuesday at a local high school in Washington, D.C. TMCnet reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe FCC's initial Generation Mobile forum will feature an open panel comprised of teens, parents and educators who will be discussing cyberbullying, sexting, over use, privacy and texting-while-driving.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 9:10 PM | permalink

December 10, 2010

South African Students Receiving Maths Lessons by Mobile Phones

MoMaths, a project backed by Nokia in South Africa aims to deliver maths lessons to students via mobile phones. The results from the 2010 project has shown a 14 percent rise in maths competency. Cellular News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAccording to Riitta Vanska, project manager for the initiative and senior manager mobile and learning solutions in Sustainability operations at Nokia "Most learners do not have access to computers however many of them do have access to a mobile phone.

The initiative gives Grade 10 learners the opportunity to study mathematics anywhere and anytime which in turn gives them the chance to empower themselves." quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 11:49 AM | permalink

November 26, 2010

During boring classes, texting is the new doodling

A recent study shows that texting at the school has surpassed doodling, daydreaming and note-passing to become the top classroom distraction. The Wall Street Journal reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe anonymous survey of 269 Wilkes students found that nine in 10 admit to sending text messages during class — and nearly half say it's easy to do so undetected.

... "If it's a really boring class, texting is a nice alternative to having to sit there and focus," said Markley, a senior computer science major at Wilkes. But, he conceded, "there are definitely times when it takes away from your concentration. Suddenly you'll be at the end of the period and say, 'What did we do today?'"quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 6:16 PM | permalink

September 20, 2010

Iowa high school uses cell phones in classroom

Students at North Scott High School at Eldridge in Iowa are texting to practice science via a website called polleverywhere.com. [via the AP].

quotemarksright.jpg ...The idea for using the phones stemmed from a push to use laptops in the classroom more often. There are a limited number of laptops, but a survey showed 98 percent of the student body had cell phones.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Related:

-- Teaching by Texting

-- Mobile phones boost school standards

-- Phone a friend during exams

emily | 10:36 AM | permalink

September 16, 2010

Students can pay their bills by SMS in Philadelphia’s Universtity City

Campus Apartments, a student accommodation body that operates across the USA, has entered into a deal with mobile payment provider Xipwire to provide a mobile payment option for the 3,000 students living in the Philadelphia location. The payment service is extremely specific – it allows these students to pay their monthly high speed Phillynet bill by SMS.

Read full article in GoMo News.

emily | 5:10 PM | permalink

September 9, 2010

Who's texting kids in class? Parents

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on a new survey conducted by app developer textPlus that claims kids are bringing their cell phones into the classroom--and using them.

quotemarksright.jpg Some 43 percent of kids say they text in class, and 17 percent say they do it constantly.

More than half of kids are texting their friends who are sitting in the same classroom. And 66 percent of kids said they receive messages from mom and dad.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 9:01 PM | permalink

Texting is writing, researcher says

The days of traditional college writing instruction are nearly over, contends a Michigan State University researcher who found that college students now rank texting as the No. 1 form of writing and cell phones as a top writing platform. Michigan State University reports.

quotemarksright.jpg Lead researcher Jeff Grabill, professor of writing and rhetoric, studied the writing behaviors of more than 1,300 first-year college students across the nation from a variety of institutions and locations from April to June.

Texting is indeed writing, students said, and they value their texts more than any other writing style – even above social networking status updates and comments.

People may argue texting is bad writing, but it’s writing many people do every day, said Grabill, co-director of MSU’s Writing in Digital Environments Research Center.

Contrary to the popular belief that “kids these days don’t write,” college students lead complex writing lives and write more than any other generation, he said.

Other key findings:

-- E-mail is for “old people.” Students use it primarily to communicate with professors and parents, and while they do it frequently they don’t value it highly.

-- Students prefer to write alone rather than collaborate with classmates.

-- Most writing on Facebook is related to interpersonal messaging. Students more often comment on posts and status updates of friends than post things to their own profiles. They also report using Facebook for writing everything from lists to screenplays to poetry.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Links to articles related to postive and negative studies on the effect of text messaging on student's writing skills.

emily | 7:34 PM | permalink

August 20, 2010

Cellphones help Cambodian students -- to cheat

Cheating and paying bribes are common during exams, but Rong Chhun, head of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association, said the problem appeared to have worsened this year. The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

quotemarksright.jpg "Besides copying answers from each other, candidates in my room could even make a phone call outside during the exams to get answers," said a female student who asked to remain anonymous.

Several students interviewed by AFP said they had bribed teachers to allow them to check notes they had smuggled into the exams, or answer sheets allegedly sold in advance by teachers outside the schools.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related links to articles from around the world on student cheating.

emily | 9:05 AM | permalink

August 8, 2010

Texting generation doesn't share boomers' taste for talk

urban-teenagers-texting.jpeg According to research by Nielsen, nearly all age groups are spending less time talking on the phone, reports The Washington Post.

quotemarksright.jpg Boomers in their mid-50s and early 60s are the only ones still talking.

The fall of the call is driven by 18- to 34-year-olds, whose average monthly voice minutes have plunged from about 1,200 to 900 in the past two years, according to research by Nielsen.

Texting among 18- to 24-year-olds has more than doubled in the same period, from an average of 600 messages a month two years ago to more than 1,400 texts a month, according to Nielsen.

Young people say they avoid voice calls because the immediacy of a phone call strips them of the control that they have over the arguably less-intimate pleasures of texting, e-mailing, Facebooking or tweeting. They even complain that phone calls are by their nature impolite, more of an interruption than the blip of an arriving text.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Image from forsisterbysister.

emily | 8:05 AM | permalink

May 26, 2010

Children 'more likely to own a mobile phone than a book'

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Children as young as seven are more likely to own a mobile phone than a book, figures show, fuelling fears over a decline in reading, reports The Telegraph.

quotemarksright.jpg ... As part of the latest study, the National Literacy Trust surveyed more than 17,000 schoolchildren aged seven to 16.

It found that 85.5 per cent of pupils had their own mobile phone, compared with 72.6 per cent who had their own books. Among children in Key Stage 2 – aged seven to 11 – 79.1 per cent had a mobile compared with 72.7 per cent who had access to books.

The findings come amid continuing concerns over the effect of modern technology on young people.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Link to National Literacy Trust study.

emily | 2:39 PM | permalink

May 19, 2010

Cell Phones Help Pakistani Women Learn to Read

Bunyad Mission Benificaries .gif NPR on how cell phone text messages help teach Pakistani women to read.

quotemarksright.jpg The Bunyad Foundation established a program to help teach them basic literacy. At the risk of ridicule from their families, they enrolled in a program where they could learn the alphabet, buy a cheap cell phone and then get text messages on the phone to practice.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full report.

emily | 8:23 AM | permalink

May 4, 2010

Teaching by Texting

AOL News reports on texting as a teaching tool experimented in several schools across the US.

quotemarksright.jpg So, for subjects ranging from Spanish to science, from homework help to exam reminders, teachers around the country are beginning to allow students to text in class.

"Being able to text in class is just something new and in a way rejuvenates us because it is not the usual 'take notes, then do homework,' like we do in the rest of our classes," 16-year-old Pulaski student Kevin Dunford said. "It's a new flavor."

... Opponents of cell phone use in classrooms argue that not all students have phones. And even those who do might be paying hefty fees for text messages.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related:

-- Mobile phones boost school standards

-- Phone a friend during exams

emily | 8:29 AM | permalink

April 28, 2010

No Texting Day experiment at Riverdale Country School

Riverdale Country School, an elite private school in the Bronx, asked middle-schoolers to voluntarily forsake instant messaging, chat, texts, and Facebook for two days, to experience life unconnected, reports The New York Times.

quotemarksright.jpgThis text-free Sunday, the Riverdale students said, was unusually relaxing. They were shocked at how quickly they finished their homework, undistracted by an always-open video chat, or checking in on Facebook or responding to the hundred messages they typically get in a day.

... None looked pale and ashen; none were twitching, at least visibly.quotesmarksleft.jpg

emily | 7:45 AM | permalink

April 20, 2010

Pew Internet Study: Teens and Mobile Phones

Internet Access.jpeg According to Reuters, a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that one third of U.S. teenagers with cell phones send more than 100 texts a day and that Texting has even eclipsed cell phone calls, instant messaging, social networks and talking face-to-face.

quotemarksright.jpg ... The percentage of teens with cell phones who sent at least one text message a day increased from 38 percent in 2008 to 54 percent in September 2009, according to the study.

Meanwhile 38 percent of teens said they daily make at least one cell phone call, 30 percent said they talk on a landline phone and 24 percent said they used instant messaging.quotesmarksleft.jpg

More stats from the study:

quotemarksright.jpgHalf of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month and one in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month. Older teen girls ages 14-17 lead the charge on text messaging, averaging 100 messages a day for the entire cohort. The youngest teen boys are the most resistant to texting – averaging 20 messages per day. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 2:15 PM | permalink

April 16, 2010

Campus alerts go beyond text messaging

photo of students on campus.jpegThree years after Virginia Tech massacre, MSNBC looks at how US campuses are using emergency text messaging services.

quotemarksright.jpgThree years after the massacre of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech, campuses around the country have beefed up their emergency notification systems, some with more sophisticated and varied programs than others.

... Campus Safety magazine polled "campus protection officials" last spring and found that 87 percent said their schools currently use text messaging for emergency alerts, and that an average of 48.9 percent of students sign up for such programs.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Photo from Vanderbilt University.

Text Messaging Alerts on Campus - related articles

emily | 3:04 PM | permalink

April 12, 2010

Denmark. New law allows confiscation of students’ phones - indefinitely

Under a new law, teachers in Denmark have the right to confiscate their students cell phones - and for an indefinite period, if the student does not heed warnings to stop sending text messages during lessons.

Previously teachers could confiscate a phone, but had to return it to the student after class.

[via The Copenhagen Post Online]

emily | 1:35 PM | permalink

February 9, 2010

Teens Text 10 Times per Hour: Nielsen

American teenagers send an average of 10 text messages per hour they are not in school or sleeping, according to research by The Nielsen Company, reports Marketing Vox.

quotemarksright.jpgNielsen predicts overall text message usage will grow as the heavy text messaging population ages and entices the older generations to text with them in order to stay in contact with them. The average text message number has increased every year, but the huge room for growth that is still remaining has been underestimated given the penchant for texting among the 17 and under segment.quotesmarksleft.jpg

emily | 8:21 PM | permalink

February 6, 2010

Tech review finds impermissible texts

fantasy_sports.jpg Texas Tech issued a release late Friday regarding a self-reported violation of NCAA rules in July involving impermissible text messages to recruits of three sports, including football. Sports ESPN reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe school said the violations were discovered during a routine review by the athletic department of cell-phone records of Texas Tech coaches.

NCAA rules bar the sending of text messages to prospective athletes until after a student has signed a national letter of intent with the university. Aside from football, the violations also occurred in softball and men's golf. Many of the self-imposed penalties have been fulfilled, the school said.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Related:

-- NCAA approves ban on text messaging

-- Coaches turn to text messaging to woo recruits

-- College Coaches are using twitter to reach recruits

emily | 5:35 PM | permalink

January 20, 2010

Study: Is texting valuable or vandalism?

Texting may improve literacy despite unconventional spelling.jpeg According to a study published today by the British Academy entitled Is texting valuable or vandalism?, teachers and parents should embrace texting as a means of improving their children's phonological awareness.

quotemarksright.jpg... Children who are heavy users of mobile phone text abbreviations such as LOL (laughing out loud), plz (please), l8ter (later) and xxx (kisses), are unlikely to be problem spellers and readers, a new study funded by the British Academy has found.

The research, carried out on a sample of 8-12 year olds over an academic year, revealed that levels of “textism” use could even be used to predict reading ability and phonological awareness in each pupil by the end of the year.

Moreover, the proportion of textisms used was observed to increase with age, from just 21% of Year 4 pupils to 47% in Year 6, revealing that more sophisticated literacy skills are needed for textism use.

The study conclusions will come as a surprise to many who believe that textisms are vandalising the English language. quotesmarksleft.jpg

[The Independent via TechRadar]

Links to postive studies on the effect of text messaging on student's writing skills:

-- RU Kidding - "txtspeak" Has No Impact on Children's Spelling Ability

-- Texting can b gd 4 ur kids

-- Texts 'do not hinder literacy'

-- Texting teenagers are proving 'more literate than ever before'

-- E-Mail and Texting - Not at all bad

-- Texting 'is no bar to literacy'

-- Teacher finds novel way to use texting

Links to negative studies:

-- Text messages harm written language? (Oh-Hum)

-- Technology marches ahead, grammar gets worse

-- Y TEXTING MAYBE BAD 4 U

-- SMS Resulting in Poor English Grades?

-- SMS and Internet blamed for decline in English Examinations

-- SMS threatens Norwegian language say teachers

-- Teachers hung up on SMS

-- An essay written in text message shorthand

emily | 12:14 PM | permalink

November 16, 2009

GCSE English Exam to include questions on text messaging

gcse_exam_1242850c.jpg There have been as many articles on the benefits of text messging to the English language as studies condemning it's negative impact on students' writing skills, but this is the first time a major English litterature exam, the GCSE English, will actually include text messaging questions, The Telegraph reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIn the new exam, being introduced by the Assessment Qualifications Alliance (AQA), students will get 10 per cent of their overall mark for the section on text message linguistics.

As part of their answer they will be required to include examples of common text shortcuts.

The subject of text messaging will be taught from next September as part of the Studying Spoken Language module intended to make GCSEs harder.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Not all faculty members agree, to some it's the ultimate "dumbing down". Read full article.

emily | 7:27 AM | permalink

November 13, 2009

Schools Should Make Learning Materials Work on Mobile Phones

ijmlo_scoverijmlo.jpg Research institutions needn't expend valuable resources equipping students with mobile devices for learning, they should integrate students' own phones, PDAs, and netbooks. That's according to Euro-American research published next year in the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, reports Cellular News.

quotemarksright.jpgThe researchers investigated a project to help students and educators use mobile phones and Wikis (user-contributed and edited web pages) sand in higher education. The success of this project suggests that the same approach could be extended widely to the almost universally available technologies used by today's students.

... In order to test their hypothesis with one particular form of technology, the team charged their students with gathering and uploading field data using their mobile phones and then using a browser interface to collate, edit, and annotate that data on a Wiki platform. The use of in-phone cameras and video recorders allowed the students to collect simple visuals for incorporation into the Wiki too, without their having to gain access to expensive video camera equipment.quotesmarksleft.jpg

emily | 8:11 AM | permalink

October 10, 2009

French Senate Moves to Ban Mobile Phones in Schools

Pupils at French primary schools and middle schools could be banned from using mobile phones in school under draft legislation approved Thursday by the French Senate. PC World reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe measure, proposed by the government, is just one clause of an enormous piece of environmental legislation that must still be debated by the National Assembly before it has any chance of becoming law.quotesmarksleft.jpg

emily | 12:16 PM | permalink

October 6, 2009

Half of French kids use mobiles in class: survey

Nearly half of French youths are using their mobile phones in class, with a majority saying they had answered calls during lessons, according to a survey published Tuesday, reports the AFP and some seven percent of students surveyed said they had surreptitiously filmed their teachers.

emily | 4:41 PM | permalink

September 15, 2009

Tech addiction 'harms learning'

techeport.jpg Technology addiction among young people is having a disruptive effect on their learning, researchers have warned. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe study - Techno Addicts: Young Person Addiction to Technology - was carried out by researchers at Cranfield School of Management, Northampton Business School and academic consultancy AJM Associates.

They used a written questionnaire to examine the nature and the volume of mobile phone calls and text messaging as well as computer use including e-mail, instant messaging and accessing social networking sites. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full BBC article.

The full report, Techno Addicts: Young Person Addiction to Technology is published by Cambridge-based Sigel Press as an electronic whitepaper download and is available at www.sigelpress.com.

emily | 9:56 PM | permalink

September 10, 2009

New Collins dictionary has text messaging guide too

Imagine a dictionary that offers tips on text messaging abbreviations for Indian cell phone users and has a Shakespeare guide too. Well that's exactly what two new Collins dictionaries have to offer. Samay Live reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Collins Cobuild Learner's Illustrated Dictionary includes text messaging abbreviations for cell phone users, said Rob Scriven, managing director of the Collins Language Division.

..."Dictionaries have changed over the years. They have become more local in flavour incorporating indigenous words so that they are more friendly for non-English speaking users," Scriven told.quotesmarksleft.jpg


emily | 8:39 AM | permalink

September 7, 2009

Parents now nag via text messaging

The Washington Post on how parental nagging has gone high tech thanks to text messaging.

quotemarksright.jpgSome say technology has made nagging less annoying.

Texts are less emotionally charged and seem to inspire less resistance, less eye-rolling, says Longwell, the McLean mother of three. "It's not as painful for them to hear it by text. It becomes grouped with the friendly communication," she says. "They can't hear the nagging."

Or so she hopes.

Joe Lanzafama, 52, a father of two in Stafford, has another tech-minded approach. He nags his seventh-grade daughter about cleaning up after herself -- by text, by phone, in person. Recently, he landed on an idea that he thinks might get results.

A text: Take a picture of your room clean and send it to me.quotesmarksleft.jpg

If eyes don't roll on that one...

emily | 10:00 AM | permalink

September 5, 2009

Study: Teenagers Lose Sleep over Texting

sleepy_teen.jpg Yet another study, this time from Belgium, claims that text messages on mobile phones are making an impact on the quality of sleep for almost 50% of the 16 year old people. [via NewsReviews.org]

quotemarksright.jpgThe Leuven study on media and adolescent health was conducted in Flanders in which about 2500 children studying in 1st and 4th year - aged 13 and 16 years were asked how many times they wake in the night because of incoming SMS messages in their mobile phones.

In the 13 year old children, 13.4% reported that they wake up 1-3 times in a month, 5.8% wake up one in a week, 5.3% wake up many times in a week and 2.2% wake up every night.

In the group of 16 year old children, 20.8% wake up 1-3 times in a month, 10.8% wake up at least one time in a week, 8.9% wake up many times in a week and 2.9% wake up every night.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Previous studies:

-- Sleep Deprived teenagers risk their hearts (USA - 2008)

-- Can't Sleep? Turn Off the Cell Phone! (Canada - 2007)

-- SMS teens losing precious sleep (Australia - 2006)

-- Teens face mobile stress (Sweden - 2006)

-- Students lack sleep (Japanese study - 2005)

-- Americans are sleep deprived (USA - 2005)

-- Mobile phones and video games 'are depriving children of sleep' (Belgian study - 2004)

-- SMS causes poor sleep (Belgian study - 2003)

-- Children text at night instead of sleeping (Australian study - 2003)

emily | 9:02 AM | permalink

September 2, 2009

School Sued for "Illegal" Cell Phone Search

The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a middle school honor student, who it says was wrongfully expelled from school after authorities illegally searched his cell phone and found what they claimed were photos depicting "gang-related activity" - when in reality the photos mainly depicted the student dancing in the bathroom of his own home. Cellular News reports.

quotemarksright.jpg... The lawsuit charges that the searches and expulsion violated Richard's rights under the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as well as his rights under the Mississippi Constitution.

"This is a case where an honor student was expelled from school because a police officer and school officials decided without any basis that innocent pictures of a kid dancing conveyed 'gang-related' messages," said Reginald T. Shuford, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. "School officials and the police officer involved never pointed to anything that would suggest that pictures of Richard dancing were linked to a gang in any way. From the day he had his phone confiscated until the day the county school board expelled him, school and police officials showed a callous disregard for Richard's rights."quotesmarksleft.jpg


emily | 9:40 AM | permalink

July 23, 2009

Students From Around The World Learn Through SMS

twilight_logo.png Students from around the world will be able to learn together by using SMS in the new school year 2009-2010. Cellular News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAn IICD supported Global Teenager Project will experiment with using SMS to ensure that schools without internet access can also participate in one of the world's largest online learning programs.

Although the Global Teenager Project was already widely spread throughout the world, the program was only accessible for schools with access to the internet.

Through the internet, classes around the world ask each other questions about a certain theme (such as 'politics in my country', 'teen life' and 'how HIV/AIDS affects the world') that they also talked about in class. This way they earn from each others cultures.

With the new SMS component, it is now also possible for schools in rural areas with very limited or no access to the internet at all to participate in the project.

... The first countries that will use SMS for learning in the Global Teenager Project are most likely Zambia, Ghana, South-Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, Romania and the Netherlands.quotesmarksleft.jpg

emily | 8:45 AM | permalink

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