Remember this? Another one of my forty-eight hour stunts, I proved that it was entirely possible for students to survive with nothing but their smartphone.
The problem is, universities on the most part do not listen to their students, or at very least do not take advantage of technologies that already co-exist in the educational setting.
Smartphones are everywhere. From iPhones to BlackBerrys, Windows powered phones and the almighty of almighty, Google Android. All are fully capable of interacting with each other and sharing technologies which allow schools, colleges and universities to adopt applications which enhance the educational system.
Shortly before the live blog ended, I was asked to write an article for the Association for Learning Technology's (ALT) quarterly newsletter; an Oxford based academic and scholarly body which brings together learning technologists aiming to facilitate the development of academic institutions.
As you might expect, for a 22-year old undergraduate student to be asked to write for an academic publication, it is quite the honour.
So in good spirit, love and kindness to my regular ZDNet readers, I ask that you jump ship for a few minutes and have a read of the article. Share you thoughts below, as usual.
For the vast majority of us the smartphone is a benign device; a wireless tool not primarily used for voice communications any more but better suited as a multimedia device designed both as an entertainment device and for mobile productivity. Most would take to the desktop for e-mail, web browsing, calendar synchronisation, but not I.
For forty-eight hours in early December, for half of which I was snowed in as the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus was deemed ‘unsafe’ to access, I vowed to undertake a simple enough challenge: to use nothing but my BlackBerry smartphone for two days solid. I left the laptop in the office and walked away from my desktop PC at home, with only a spare battery in my pocket.
Why? I wanted to prove a point; that students can survive on their smartphones, whether it be an iPhone, an Android device, or in my case a BlackBerry, as the three top contenders for student phones. [continue reading]
Should schools, colleges and universities should take advantage of the technologies the ordinary student already have? Voice your thoughts.