Text Questioning System: An Experiment in Co-Opting SMS Technology in the Classroom

By David McDonald.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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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

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.487MB).

Dr. David McDonald

Director of Emerging Technology, Associate Professor, Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Dr. David McDonald currently holds the position of the Director for Emerging Technologies for the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Additionally, he also has an academic appointment as an Associate Professor in the Computer Information Systems Department. In his primary role, he has been responsible for the initiation of projects that work toward the College’s technology strategic plan. He has been responsible for injecting video podcasting as a student alternative to traditional presentations and video classcasting for faculty lectures. It was through his efforts that Georgia State University became the first university in Georgia to qualify for Apple’s iTunes U. Currently, the GSU site averages 100,000 hits per week. His work with the educational application of virtual worlds have been highly publicized including media venues such as CNN, the Atlanta CBS news affiliate, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His research areas of interest are in the applied use of multimedia systems, inter-organizational systems, organizational learning.