Educational Technology

May 7, 2012

Texting 1, 2, 3: Schools Test ‘Bring Your Own Technology’ Programs

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

By OLIVIA B. WAXMAN, Time Techland

to the streets yesterday to protest the inequality of wealth, two computer scientists in Portland, Oregon are protesting the inequality of resources in schools. Tired of helping “unethical bankers” on Wall Street set up cloud data management systems, Russell Okamoto, 45, said he and co-worker Greg Passmore, 30, wanted to create a state-of-the-art cloud computing system that helps “the little people.” So they turned their attention to schools, and in September 2011, they rolled out Celly, a text-messaging service that teachers and students can use to make classwork more fun and engaging. In fact, the Occupy movement uses it to organize protesters. “I want our tool to help spread democracy and debate, so I was up all night trying to help [Occupy Portland],” Passmore said last month. Celly is part of a larger national trend in schools known as “Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT),” in which students are allowed to bring their mobile devices to class.

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