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"A smartphone is a mobile phone built on a mobile operating system, with more advanced computing capability and connectivity than a feature phone. The first smartphones combined the functions of a personal digital assistant (PDA) with a mobile phone. Later models added the functionality of portable media players, low-end compact digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and GPS navigation units to form one multi-use device. Many modern smartphones also include high-resolution touchscreens and web browsers that display standard web pages as well as mobile-optimized sites. High-speed data access is provided by Wi-Fi and Mobile Broadband."
"The mobile operating systems (OS) used by modern smartphones include Google's Android, Apple's iOS, Nokia's Symbian, RIM's BlackBerry OS, Samsung's Bada, Microsoft's Windows Phone, Hewlett-Packard's webOS, and embedded Linux distributions such as Maemo and MeeGo. Such operating systems can be installed on many different phone models, and typically each device can receive multiple OS software updates over its lifetime."
Source: Wikipedia contributors. "Smartphone." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 Nov. 2012. Web. 30 Nov. 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone
How to use a Smartphone in Education
"Four Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones in Class" includes:
- In class polling with PollEverywhere.com
- Backchanneling refers to the use of networks & social media to maintain an online, real-time conversation alongside spoken remarks. Backchanneling can be a great way to give quiet students a voice, to introduce additional facts and insights during a lesson, or simply to encourage “conversation” during lecture or group readings when you don’t want to actually interrupt the presentation. Most educators use Twitter or Today’s Meet to allow Backchanneling.
- In class readings and handouts with DropBox folders (see “Dropbox A Multi-Tool for Educators”). Students can access Dropbox space and open reference material without printing it up or asking for a new copy during class assignments. Textbooks, paperbacks and magazine articles can be accessed through mobile apps like Kindle eReader, Nook App, iBooks, or Google’s Play Books. Many of them host free content and some allow you to load content of your own. This is a great way to save money on book purchases and photocopies.
- Organize research by scanning with Genius Scan+ and the import into Google Drive, DropBox or Evernote.
- Use QR Codes to point your students to specific web sites. Use Kaywa[, [http://www.qrstuff.com/ qrstuff.com or goqr.me or Google QR code generators.