1 in 2 Americans Will Own a Smartphone by Christmas 2011. In Other News, Schools Wonder “What’s a Smartphone?”.

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From Nielsen.com:It's a Graph.

“The iPhone, Blackberry, Droid and smartphones in general dominate the buzz in the mobile market, but only 21% of American wireless subscribers are using a smartphone as of the fourth quarter 2009 compared to 19% in Q3 2009 and 14% at the end of 2008.

We are just at the beginning of a new wireless era where smartphones will become the standard device consumers will use to connect to friends, the internet and the world at large.

The share of smartphones as a proportion of overall device sales has increased to 29% for phone purchasers in the last six months and 45% of respondents to a Nielsen survey indicated that their device will be a smartphone.

If we combine these intentional data points with falling prices and increasing capabilities of these devices along with an explosion of applications for devices, we are seeing the beginning of a groundswell.

This increase will be so rapid, that by the end of 2011, Nielsen expects more smartphones in the U.S. market than feature phones.”


Meanwhile, schools continued to be confused by this whole “smartphone” thing.

If you ask me, it’s just a fad.

Like email.

And the whole internet thingy.

As educators, we know smartphones are just another way for students to cheat.

All that information at their disposal.

It’s not right.

Why should we allow kids to bring their own “computer” to school, when it’s easier for us to pay thousands of dollars for desktops that will be obsolete in a couple of years?

If we rollover and allow students to use this type of advanced technology, what’s next?


We are going down a slippery slope when kids are allowed to know more than teachers.

They need to understand that we were taught a certain way 30 years ago and that should be good enough for them.

Worksheets never break down.  That’s all I’m saying.

We have to nip this in the bud (oh how I love Deputy Barney Fife).

Before you know it they will expect us to unblock YouTube and Twitter.

I don’t think so.   There’s no way young people should be on websites that frighten and confuse old people.

I say we put a stop to this now.

I say we get rid of the email machines and go back to paper memos.

As educators our battle cry should be “Bring Back the Typewriters and the Rotary Phones!”

And I mean manual typewriters, not those fancy electric ones.

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13 Responses to “1 in 2 Americans Will Own a Smartphone by Christmas 2011. In Other News, Schools Wonder “What’s a Smartphone?”.”

  1. DebHanson
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 9:43 am

    I’d laugh but it’s too true – and sad – that this is how most schools, teachers, administrators, IT folks, and parents feel…. I’m so glad to see that YOU get it! Thanks for being one of those principals that understands.

  2. Karen
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 3:59 pm

    One of the leaders in my community (not a school leader but one in charge of giving schools money or not) said that his kids were taught math with a chalkboard and it didn’t hurt them so we don’t need all this fancy technology. Geez.

  3. Melanie
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 5:41 pm

    My superintendent tells us that good teachers don’t need books to teach. You can guess how he feels about computers. :D

  4. Diane
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 6:26 pm

    A potential issue with allowing the kids to use smartphones while in class-preventing the goofing-off.

  5. Dave Meister
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 6:37 pm

    The answer to the goofing around is a citizen’s arrest ala Gomer. I hate it when they spill all of crayola shavings out of their 128 color with built in sharpener in the box. Boo technology!

  6. Christy
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 7:27 pm

    i would send this post to my superintendent…but all blogs are blocked in my district. God forbid we actually encourage kids to see things that might provoke them to think about alternate points of view.

  7. ZeroTX
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 7:35 pm

    Heaven forbid kids might log into Facebook or communicate with their teachers via email!

  8. Olwyn Hughes
    on Mar 28th, 2010
    @ 9:25 pm

    If we spent some time learning about the world that our children live in instead of expecting them to fit into the world we once lived in we would all be better off. Technology is not the enemy.. I think that children rise to our expectations and if we expect them to misuse their technology in the classroom then they will. If we expect them to use them responsibly, they will do that too! Thanks for the good laugh. I just wish it wasn’t so true in so many places.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Olwyn Hughes, Love your first sentence.

  9. Angie
    on Mar 29th, 2010
    @ 6:27 am

    Nice… ala Jonathon Swift.

  10. Alicia Kessler
    on Mar 29th, 2010
    @ 12:46 pm

    uh….right now on my teacher’s salary I can only afford my dumb phone :(

  11. Howell Wright
    on Mar 31st, 2010
    @ 4:16 am

    Nice information that exposes the problems…now let’s network , be strong, and implement the necessary change that is required to overcome the naysayers. Educators need to define a 21st century teacher, understand that the technology is an instructional tool for the students, define a “facilitator in the classroom” as we transform our classrooms, campuses, adn districts into true learning facilities. More people than we know “get it”; we just don’t have a lot of direction on how to get there (especially with all of the other legislated requirements), but we are working on it.

  12. Donna Yliniemi
    on Apr 3rd, 2010
    @ 6:11 am

    I live in a community where I only know one person with a Smart phone. Students still do not have computers or the Internet at home and on a teacher’s salary I just got my first Ipod touch. There are things that we can do…use blogs, podcasts, youtube, emailing and not block them. Let us start with the things that are free first and then I am sure the rest will follow. Another comment:: Why do we even let the kids ride the bus when technology is so dangerous?

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