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.


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.