Photo challenges

My biggest challenge this week has been trying to find a way to take photos of my cell phone display screen.  I really wanted to put those photos into my teaching module to show people what screen they would see each time they pressed a button.  However, I have been unable to produce clear photos.  If the flash goes off it just makes the screen look like a glare.  If I don’t use the flash, the photos are blurry and you can’t really see the screen.  I looked online for screen shots, but couldn’t find any.  I was able to get some nice photos of the phone itself to put into my report and teaching module, so that will have to be good enough.  I also made my instructions really detailed (maybe too much so!) in hopes that they will be easy to follow without being able to see each display screen.

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Learning to program my cell phone

I have spent time this week figuring out my cell phone.  First, I looked online to see if there was already a teaching module for what I am trying to do.  I found a couple that show you how to do other things with the RAZR phone, but not one that shows you how to add a photo and personalized ringtone for each caller in your contact list.  I am planning to add my teaching module to one of the instructable sites online so others can use what I have learned.  I figured out how to add a photo for the people in my phone book and had fun trying it out at my childrens’ birthday party.  It was the perfect opportunity to get a bunch of different people’s photos.  Now, I am going to learn how to give my callers a personalized ringtone.  I have to say, I am feeling really pleased with myself!  Not that it has been difficult to figure out how to use my cell phone more fully, but just that I am catching up with the times.  This project has inspired me to see what else my cell phone can do!

Topic idea

I have spent a lot of time this past week thinking of ideas for my teaching project.  I want to learn about and teach a form of technology that is truly interesting and useful to me.   After running through a number of ideas, I have decided to learn how to program my cell phone.  I only use my phone to make and answer calls and I want to learn how to do more with it.  One function that I think is fun is to have a unique ring tone and photo display for each caller.  I couldn’t do this for all of the people in my address book, but I would like to do it for the people who I talk to the most.  So, I am going to learn how to set-up these caller features in my Motorola Razor phone.