[Technology 1379] Re: Send your students a phone message, yourself a reminder, or....

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Kuulei Reeser kuulei.reeser at mauihui.org
Fri Nov 16 17:22:21 EST 2007

Hi David,

I hope this email is not arriving too late to participate in your offer to
provide the URL for this phone message service.

With this service, I can envision our teachers using this service to remind
students of homework assignments, tests, fieldtrips, etc. I can also
envision it being used by the students on class projects in order to
collaborate with each other. For example, our high school foundations kids
(pre-GED) recently went on a field trip to our ocean center and each was
assigned a fish species to study. If we had this service, each student
could send a phone message to the other students highlighting 5 features of
their species, then the other students could save each message and record
them in their notes when they got back to class. This could all be done at
the ocean center when the students are scattered across the site studying
their fish.

Just an idea. I am interested in hearing more about this service.


Ku'ulei Reeser

Hui Malama Learning Center

Technology Coordinator


From: David J. Rosen [mailto:djrosen at comcast.net]
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 6:24 AM
To: The Technology and Literacy Discussion List
Subject: [Technology 1353] Send your students a phone message,yourself a
reminder, or....

Technology colleagues,

Suppose there were a free service that enabled you -- from a cell phone or a
land line -- to send up to a 30-second voice message to yourself, or to
anyone you had listed in an address book that you had created for this
purpose. Suppose your students could send messages this way, too, from their
phones. Suppose when you called the toll-free number (U.S. and Canada only)
it said "Hi (your name), who do you want to send a message to? " Suppose you
then said the person's name (or "me" for sending yourself reminders). Then,
suppose you spoke your brief message. Then, in a few minutes, suppose the
message were sent to an e-mail address (as a translated text message, with a
"real voice" audio option) or as an SMS text message. Suppose, also, that
you could set up a group of people, and whenever you wanted to, you could
send them all one voice/text/email message. (Suppose this group were all the
students in your class, or all the instructors at your program, who have
either a land line or cell phone.)

Such a free service exists. (There may be more than one, but I only know of
one.) If you would like to know what it is, here's the catch: you have to
email me (djrosen at comcast.net) at least one idea of how you would use this
with students. Then I will email you the URL for the free service. I am not
promoting this service particularly (although I do think it could be
useful.) What I am trying to do is to use the collective intelligence,
imagination and experience of subscribers on this list to collect ideas
about how to use such a technology. I will compile whatever I get and send a
summary back to this list.

If you want to know the Web address, send me -- not the Technology list --
your idea(s) about how to use this service with your basic literacy, ESOL,
ABE, ASE, or college transition students, students -- in a face-to-face or
on-line setting.

David J. Rosen

djrosen at comcast.net

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