Numerous faculty have barely grasped the technologies developed in the late 20th century. Moving into the 21st century has been problematic for many. Concepts such as Wikis, Blogs, Alerts, Widgets, Text messaging are ways of using the Internet in which they are neither familiar nor comfortable. Moreover, with an ever increasing, culturally diverse, international student population, classroom interaction has decreased as many of these students are reticent to ask questions. Each year the gulf between a technologically savvy student population and faculty has increased. In this paper, we propose a text questioning system based on short messaging service (SMS). The system allows students to use mobile devices to send questions directly to the projection screen during a lecture. The questions are captured via an RSS feed and captured in a Web 2.0 feedreader Web part. The ease of use of this system makes it readily attractive to faculty. The interactive, real-time questioning capabilities improve students’ classroom experiences while utilizing their mobile devices in a positive manner.
|Keywords:||Classroom Experiment, Mobile Phones, Text Messaging, SMS Technology|
Director of Emerging Technology, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA