Eugene Brown, a teacher in Durban, believes using technology gives him the opportunity to connect with his pupils at their level. Eugene’s personal opinion is that banning cell phones in the classroom (as an educational tool) would equate to taking away a child’s pen and paper.
Have a look at his blog here . A few key points of his message are:
One of the easiest, cheapest and most available ways of bringing technology into the classroom is via the cell phone. Especially in South Africa where mobile internet access has one of the highest percentages and uses in the world. Not every school and definitely not every pupil has easy access to fixed-line broadband, computers and thus email and internet. So using the Nimbuzz communication tools that cross multiple platforms from desktop applications to web-applications to more than a 1000 mobile phone clients Eugene can stay in touch with all his pupils.
A few examples of how Eugene uses Nimbuzz in his classroom and for communication with his pupils:
He uses Nimbuzz chat to confirm homework and tests that have to be done and even to help them with their homework during a fixed daily chatroom which his pupils “attend”.
With Nimbuzz messaging he can send pupils documents on their phone such as work they have missed in the classroom, assignments and various other reference documents.
Do you also have imaginative uses for Nimbuzz. Let us know !