"For sale: Baby shoes, never worn." This iconic six-word story from Hemingway works its way into a MacArthur Foundation Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning post on how texting, tweeting might be incorporated into the classroom, which links, in turn, to a Wired article on Abilene Christian University's strategy of incorporating the iPhone into the classroom.
These are the specific educational problems Abilene is targeting with the iPhone. Instead of standing in front of a classroom and talking for an hour, Rankin instructs his students to use their iPhones to look up relevant information on the fly. Then, the students can discuss the information they’ve found, and Rankin leads the dialogue by helping assess which sources are accurate and useful.