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Overview of Impact on Education

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Current Impact

"The talking function of a mobile phone is no longer its dominant function and textual and visual communications as well as uses of web resources and applications (online and local) are fast becoming central functions of modern mobile communication." Mobile phones and mobile learning will allow students to learn anytime, anywhere and with any media.

Current Mobile Phone: current mobile phones can support many additional services such as SMS for text messaging, email, packet switching for access to the Internet, and MMS for sending and receiving photos and video.

A Smartphone is a full-featured mobile phone with personal computer like functionality. Most smartphones are camera phones that support full featured email capabilities with the functionality of a complete personal organizer. Smartphone features tend to include Internet access, e-mail access, scheduling software, built-in camera, contact management, accelerometers and some navigation software as well as occasionally the ability to read business documents in a variety of formats such as PDF and Microsoft Office.

Mobile publishing is the act of making something public through mobile phones. The arrival of more powerful telecoms networks such as 3G has enabled video publishing to mobile phones using tools such as FORscene. Video can be downloaded over the air, and once downloaded can be distributed virally over the phones' Bluetooth connections.

At this moment the majority of the world is still running on GSM networks. Only highly developed countries are using high speed connection methods on phones such as 3G, HSDPA, 3.5G. These high speed connections allow sophisticated smart phones to be able to video call, blog, download maps live for a gps service, send and receive emails with large picture video or data attachments. Mobile phones are most selling media of technology in the world. In the year 2006, according to Steve Jobs keynote over 950 million cellphones were sold compared to MP3 players which were only 40 million and PC's which were 20 million. Mobile phones can be easily changed compared to a PC and the growth for phones are still very high.


Cheaper Phones
GPS, WiFi, blogging, networked homework calendars

The report presents some innovative ideas on how mobile technologies, such as smartphones and PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants), can be useful learning aids - particularly with young people who have not succeeded through traditional education. (

What needs to happen in education:

People today have to realize that cell phones are not only for calls and can be used for other purposes like taking pictures/videos, sending and receiving documents and files. Listening to educational podcasts and news. Educators worldwide are realizing and removing banned phone policy's from schools and now creating policy's to integrate mobile phones in the curriculum's.

Prekindergarten and Elementary Education (up through 8th grade)

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Current Impact

The MO1 (which is basically a GSM handset) is that it offers a handful of special features (and limitations), including the ability to limit all outgoing and incoming calls to numbers in the phone's address book; to limit text messages, not send them, and even then it can only receive from people in the address book; two speed dial buttons which can be preset to call mom and dad; an emergency call button.

Kids and Cell Phone Issue

• Security
• Hidden Charges
• Convenience
• Increased Independence (Who is your child talking to?)
• Can Still Set Limits
• Internet Access Dangers
• Can Be A Tool To Teach Your Child Responsibility
• Responsibility Required So They Don't Lose Phone and Keep It Charged, Etc.
• May Not Be Too Expensive If You Set Limits and Add Your Kids On To An Existing Plan

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Specifically, many of these phones in the future are expected to be able to:
  • limit who can call the phone
  • limit who can be called with the phone
  • may have GPS tracking so that you literally know where your child is at all times
  • Kids

What needs to happen in education:

Middle and High School Education (Grade 6-12)

A Thing in my pocket in 2020
This video above is about a day in the life of a middle school student in the year 2020
Author: Atif Sattar
Contributors: Salmaan B, Rafael J.
Bangladesh, 2007
Item Contributed: Apple Iphone Ad (

Current Impact

There is a rapid growth of mobile phones has caused schools to revise their policy's for mobile phone use in school. Most of the schools worldwide are dropping the banned mobile phone use in school policy and are making new policy's which allows people to use phones in school as long as they do not breach privacy and do not interfere in classrooms. Mobile phones are advancing in a rapid rate. Manufacturers such as Nokia, SonyEricsson, Samsung, LG and Windows Mobile Devices are rapidly growing and the technology in phones such as Camera Quality, Wireless LAN, GPS, Bluetooth are all improving, the user interface (UI) are also developing for easier and simpler use for all ages. Most of these devices are included with a wide range of connectivity such as GSM, 3G/WCDMA, HSDPA, WLAN and Bluetooth.

One Example of a phone with almost most of these capabilities is the Nokia N95.

Integrated GPS system
The N95 contains an integrated GPS receiver which is located below the 0 key on the keypad. The phone ships with nagivation software. Maps are free and can be downloaded either over the air (via a carrier's data packet network) or through the phone's built-in Wifi. Maps can also be downloaded via a PC using the Nokia MapLoader application.
Imaging abilities
The N95 is particularly notable for its built-in 5 Megapixel (2592 x 1944) digital camera with Carl Zeiss Optics, autofocus and digital zoom. The camera can also be used to record video at near DVD quality (640 x 480 at 30 FPS).
The N95 also contains a frontal CIF camera for video calls. On April 24 2007, The N95 won the prestigious 'Best Mobile Imaging Device in Europe 2007' award by TIPA (Technical Image Press Association), the largest photo and imaging press association in Europe.

Multimedia abilities
The N95 is a full fledged music player. It supports MP3, WMA, RealAudio, SP-MIDI, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, AMR, M4A, True Tones. Its two-way slider, when slid towards the keypad, allows access to its media playback buttons. A standard 3.5mm jack is located on the left side of the phone and allows the user to connect any standard headphones to the unit; a user can also use Bluetooth for audio output. Capable built-in stereo speakers allow the user to forgo any headphones. The N95 is also capable of playing videos through the included Realplayer application. Video can be output to a TV (or similar device) via a composite cable.

The N95 has built-in WiFi, with which it will be able to access the Internet (through a 802.11b/g wireless network). The N95 will also be able to connect to the Internet through a carrier packet data network such as UMTS, HSDPA, or EDGE. The web browser displays full web pages as opposed to simplified pages as on most other phones. Web pages may be viewed in portrait or landscape mode and automatic zooming is supported. The N95 also has Bluetooth built in and works with wireless earpieces that use Bluetooth 2.0 technology and for file transfer. It should be noted that the N95 does not support US based versions of UMTS/HSDPA; UMTS features in the US versions of this phone are disabled by default (but can be reactivated if needed). The phone can also act a WAN access point allowing a tethered PC access to a carrier's packet data network. VoIP software and functionality is also included with the phone (though some carriers have opted to remove this feature).


People inside a school will start using phones to locate friends and teachers if they don't know where they are. Bluetooth will become v8.0 and allow transfer rates of over a Gigabit persecond and have ranges of a mile in radius, this new connectivity will make connecting portable devices and displays simpler then ever before. Teachers in schools will maintain main schedules and calendars for assignments and the calendar syncs with student phones. The teachers also will take in assignments and give out resources via bluetooth to everyones mobiles. Mobile phones late in the future will all have High Definition (HD) screens and all content everywhere will be HD. Storage will never be a limiting factor, the new advanced NAND flash chips developed by Samsung can store up to a terabit per phone. The foldable HD lcd screens will be used in almost all mobile devices. WiMax by Intel will be deployed providing coverage on the entire earth and providing transfer rates of up to 10 GB/sec. The future looks bright for phones especially for mobile bloggers, taking audio,video and pictures in HD. All this connectivity will severely increase the growth in User-Created Content (UCC).

What needs to happen in education:

Teachers and Parents have to understand the fact that phones are not only for talking. They are full fledged multimedia computers, they can take pictures/videos for school work, leisure, memory. They have a GPS which parents or teachers can use for tracking as well as for the users to find things without asking everyone and being inefficient.

College Education

Current Impact


What needs to happen in education:

Resource Documentation

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Atif's Delicious Bookmark's
Atif's Tagged Pages for Mobile

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    • Adobe Photoshop CS2, iMovie HD, Noodle Tools, GarageBand, Evoca

    • Citation Too

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    Works Cited

    "Cell Phones for Children." __Good Housekeeping__. 3 May 2007 <


    "Cell Phones for Kids." __Keep Kids Healthy.com__. 3 May 2007 <


    "FireFly, The Mobile phone for kids." __FireFly__. 3 May 2007 <>.

    "Gizmodo." __Cellphone Murder: How Many Cell Phones in the US Are Decomissioned Every Day? - Gizmodo__.

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    "Glasgow and West School mobile phone ban ruled out." __BBC NEWS UK Scotland__ . 6 Feb. 2007. 3 May 2007


    ",39029453,49282815,00.htm." __Cnet__. 15 Aug. 2006. 3 May 2007


    "Kids And Cell Phones." __About Pediatrics__. 13 May 2006. 3 May 2007 <


    "Mobile Devices archive." __PBS Teachers, Learning now__. 3 May 2007 <

    "Mobile phone guidelines for schools." __Australian Mobile Tellecommunications Association__. 3 May 2007


    "Mobile phone mast 'threatens school.'" __BBC News Technology__. 3 May 2007 <


    "ppropriate Use of Mobile Telephones and other Electronic Equipment by Students." __Queensland__

         __Government__. 3 May 2007 <


    "The safety implications of camera phones." __Becta Schools__. 3 May 2007


    "Stay connected: Best cell phones for children." __MSNBC__. 16 Dec. 2006. 3 May 2007


    "Students make mobile phone news." __BBC News - Technology__. 7 Dec. 2006. 14 May 2007


    "Testing students by mobile phone." __BBC News - Education__. 2003. 3 May 2007 <


    "Use of mobile phones in schools." __Scottish Executive__. 8 Feb. 2007. 3 May 2007


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