Cell phones have become an integral part of our lives,in fact we have become addicted to it. Sometimes you must feel like how would our lives will be without cell phones. Yes it's natural thought due to the up growing technology. Cell phones not only in the aspect of technology or application but helps in education as well.
Cell phones belong to a group of devices that are referred to as information and communications technologies (ICT). This group of devices includes items, such as computers, personal digital assistants (PDA), global positioning systems (GPS), and cell phones. For quite some time now, computers have been a part of the learning and teaching environment. PDAs have slowly gained acceptance but are limited in prevalence. Cell phones, however, are becoming ubiquitous and are an untapped resource in education. Fortunately, some have begun to investigate ways to integrate cell phones into the teaching and learning environment .
The question that should be burning in the minds of individuals associated with education is, how can the fervor about cell phones be duplicated regarding education? With this in mind, the purpose of this discussion is to explore how youths perceive cell phones, to examine how educators and educational institutions could possibly market education from a different perspective, and to raise the idea of how a higher degree of value for education might be fostered in school-age students through the personalization of the educational experience.
The current generation possesses a keen ability to quickly understand, use, exploit, and integrate new and emerging technologies. For this aptitude, the children of today are being referred to as “digital natives” while adults are considered “digital immigrants” (Godwin-Jones, 2005; Prensky, 2005). The possession and utilization of cell phones by young learners is large and rapidly growing. In a survey conducted in Japan, 100% of college students polled reported owning a cell phone (Thornton & Houser, 2004). In some areas of Japan, Korea, Europe, and the Philippines, 100% of students own and use a cell phone. In the U.S., over 75% of high school students and one-third of students in elementary and middle schools own and use a cell phone (Dodds & Mason, 2005; Prensky, 2005). Moreover, undergraduates use some form of technology that includes instant messaging, text messaging, and cell phones for communication purposes approximately five-and-a-half hours per day (Diamanduros, Jenkins, & Downs, 2007).