1. Cell Phones and Time Management
Reminders and alarms are some of the most useful tools on a cell phone, but they are also the least appreciated.
Most cell phones come with a scheduler to allow you to set an alarm at a certain time of day or on a certain date. You can set alarms to remind you of an established daily homework time to keep you from chatting right through your work time. On many phones, you can use your own recorded voice as the actual alarm you hear. Imagine hearing the words "go start your book report" coming from your phone!
You could also use calendar reminders to notify you when projects and assignments are due. These reminders can be set up weeks and months ahead of time. Once you get into the habit, you'll find it very effective.
2. Group Communication
If you find yourself working on a group project or needing the advice of a few friends as you do your history homework, why not use conference calling? It's available on most cell phones.
This is also a good way to group-study for a test. Send test questions to each other and compare answers.
3. Cell Phone as Audio Tool
Some cell phones come equipped with a voice recorder. This tool can be priceless if you tend to forget things. You can use the recorder to remember homework assignments, to memorize terms, to practice foreign language pronunciation, and dozens of other tasks. It's a great feature for auditory learners.
If your phone doesn't have the voice recording feature, you can accomplish many of the same tasks by sending yourself a voice message.
4. Pictures and Illustrations
There are thousands of apps that allow you to scan and share images. This is important because pictures can be used as illustrations in reports and presentations. If you're in the library or out and about and you see an image that would work for a project, simply capture the image on your phone.
5. Podcasts and Videos
You can spice up a paper by citing a podcast or a documentary that you've accessed with your phone. Just be sure to use a variety of other sources and cite each one correctly.
6. Cell Phones and eBooks
Most classic books are now readable on phones, so you have a whole library at your fingertips! Basically, if you can access the Internet through your phone, you can read ebooks from a variety of great sites. You can also connect to your local library and borrow books to read on your phone. No excuses!
7. Sending Money
There may be times when you need to travel to conduct research or to visit prospective colleges. Parents may be interested to know that your cell phone can provide some security while youre on the road.
PayPal Mobile works with an existing PayPal account to send and receive money. If you find yourself stranded on the road, your parents can send money to you and you can send money to others (like a towing service) via text messaging.
8. Getting Directions
Afraid of getting lost on the road? Google Maps may provide the answer. The Google Mobile Web site provides many services, including step-by-step directions to and from locations, complete with satellite photos and maps. This is another free feature that you should check out and practice ahead of time!