For those of you who still think cell phones have no future in educational settings, you need to pay very close attention. Schools and institutions of higher learning across the country use a school data management and course delivery system called Blackboard. In case you're not familiar with Blackboard, this robust system allows teachers to post assignments, grades, documents, discussion boards and anything else associated with a course and it allows students to check grades, assignments, download documents, participate in discussions, upload assignments and more. It's expensive but Blackboard is a powerful tool.
Being savvy about today's rapidly-changing digital landscape that is education, Blackboard has created an app for iPhone (if you don't what an iPhone app is, click here) to allow students to use Blackboard from their iPhones. Check out this video for more info on the app.
This is going to be a runaway hit with high school and college students (and probably with more middle school kids than we want to admit actually have iPhones). Why is this going to be a hit? Watch and listen:
This may very well be one of the next big things in uses for cell phones in an educational setting. If you don't believe me, just wait.