(originally posted at MacClassroom 2.0)
Everybody is talking about it and the hype machine is in full swing: the iPhone is almost here. I don't want be a part of the hype, but what I do want to throw out is this: with the release of the iPhone, has Apple started a new age of pocket computing? I have looked at Palm and the Windows portable devices in the hopes of using this technology in the classroom, but they seemed inadequate and underpowered for the kind of vibrant, all-use device that I envision. I don't think that this is anything that will have an immediate impact, but I think the future is definitely on the horizon. One thing that has begun to tickle my brain is utilizing a piece of technology that almost every kid has and wouldn't cost the school systems a dime to utilize: the cellphone. I have begun to realize that my students have the necessary tools to create multimedia projects right in their pockets! Camera, video camera, calendar, voice recorder and you can even do podcasts via cellphone using gcast (haven't played with that one, yet). What do you guys think?