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Love Your Librarian!

I do–they teach me about things like drop.io

Did you know you can call from your cell phone and leave an MP3 file for someone?!

For those without readily available internet or computer access, but with ubiquitous cell phone access, this can be away to interact online with peers and colleagues. I imagine there are other uses, but a school librarian who shared this with me is having her students call in their original poetry for National Poetry Week.

And this may yet add to my VOIP iTouch cell phone toolbox!

While built for larger collaboration ideas, drop.io is one of those ‘no way!’ amazing internet tools. Wonder how else we can use it??

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Teens & Media

Mobile technologies are a great way to reach teen audiences.
Even if you aren’t pondering a texting campaign, the following provide some pretty good insights to the changing world around us.

See slides of the Nielsen report findings, Kids on the Go: Mobile Usage by U.S. Teens and Tweens is a 2008 report from Nielsen Mobile that finds:
58% of tweens who download or watch TV on their phone do so at home;
64% of tweens who download or play music on their phone do so at home;
56% of tweens who access the Internet on their phone do so at home.

Another excerpt of the report says:
46% of tweens use cell phones.
On average, kids get their own cell phone between the ages of 10 and 11.
55% of tweens who own a cell phone send text messages and 21% download ringtones.

The report itself seems a bit elusive, but Nielsen’s How Teens Use Media (registration required) is from June 2009 and covers a broad spectrum of media, not just cell phones and texting.

Some surprising findings include:
Teens spend less time browsing the internet than adults.
TV watching is NOT being abandoned in favor of new media.
Teens read newspapers and magazines, and are still attracted by ads, and are the largest segment of movie-goers.
The typical U.S. teenager sends and receives nearly 100 text messages a day.
Of course they consume a lot of media–teens are early adopters of all technology, thus the term ‘digital native.’

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Research Report: Teens & Social Networking

For those of you who are intrigued by Facebook and MySpace’s clutch on teens, you may be interested in this dissertation describing their attitudes towards security and transparency online.

It’s hefty, but there’s a thorough index that you can browse.

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