“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.
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.