Friday, June 1, 2007

Jotting with the Cell Phone

There is a new web2.0 site called Jott. The purpose of this site is to allow you to instantly create speech-to-text emails from your cell phone! What is so fantastic about this, is that you do not have to "pay" to send text messages as emails from your cell, instead you call a number and speak your email. Then Jotts instantly turns it into an email for yourself or anyone else you choose! And it's free! Immediately I thought of visually impaired students being about to better communicate through email with this system. The Jotts are achieved and saved on the Jott website in a private secure area as well. Here are a couple other ways Jotts could be used as a learning activity. They could be used for oral homework assignments (great for Foreign Language, ESL, or VI students). Field trip observation notes, where students could document their observations. Brainstorming ideas, if students have a major paper to write, they could use Jotts to brainstorm ideas that would immediately turn into text. Therefore they could copy and paste the text into Word and get started quicker on their papers. Those are just a couple ideas that immediately come to mind, I'm sure there are more.

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