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					The Texting/
Smart-Phone
Microculture:
How Is It
Changing
Our Students?
Rachelle W. Leung
Houston Baptist University
April 16, 2012
Sources of Data
 Interviewed   3 persons in the microculture
     “Kaye” and “Debbie”
     “Kevin”
 Articles from peer-reviewed
  technology/media journals
 Yahoo! News article on Jake Reilly’s
  “Amish Project”
 Articles from www.education.com
Interviewees
 “Kaye”    and “Debbie”
    Female teachers in their 50s and 60s
    Both have children and taught students in
     the texting generation (< 30 years old)
    Both have children and taught students
     before cell phones were prevalent (> 30
     years old)
 “Kevin”
    17 years old male
    High school senior
Statistics on Cell Phone
Ownership and Usage
 66%   of students (ages 8-18) in 2010
    84% of high school students
    60% of middle school students
 Average    usage per day
    30 minutes talking
    17 minutes listening to music
    17 minutes playing games
    15 minutes watching TV
    1½ hours text-messaging (7th-12th grades)
Connected-ness through
Constant Contact
 Friends   and strangers
     “Perpetual availability” even when off-line
     Opposite gender
     “Trolls”
     Deference shown by giving space
 Family   members
     At what age is it necessary?
 Globally (other countries)
 Information, news, videos
     Interacting with TV shows
Isolation
 “Mobile-privatized social relations”
 Like to stay home to play video games or
  chat online
    Chatting for convenience vs. building a
     relationship
 Even when hanging out with friends, often
  on the phone and computer
 “Unreachables”
    Texting expectations (like a gift exchange)
 Jake   Reilly’s “Amish Project”
Creators
 “Tactic of consolidating their shared
  culture” vs. general culture
 Language
 Apps on smart-phones
 Camera on the phone
 Public vs. private
     Pictures & videos
     Location (Facebook)
 Craft   your perceived personality
Blurring of Lines of Authority
 “Parents   are pansies”
     Avoid physical and emotional harm
     Private space free from adults’ surveillance
 Teacher    & principals
     Acceptable conversations
     Cheating
 Encyclopedias   vs. Wikipedia
 Instant but unreliable news (Twitter)
Professional Applications
for Teachers
 Knowhow smart-phones work so they can
 understand why students like it
     Schools give up on banning cell phones?
 Communicate       with students
     Teachers can send mass texts to students
      about assignments
 Texting   is not always a negative
     Audience response system
     Research tool
     Tool for collecting evidence of student work
      through photographs and video recordings
Q&A
 Are you a part of the texting/smart-phone
  microculture?
 What parts of this presentation do you
  agree with? Disagree with?

				
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