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Barely three days after the launch of its iPhone 5 smartphone, the Apple company announced that it was out of stock. No less than 5 million copies of this sixth generation have found buyers.

“IPhone is a range of smart phones (smartphones) marketed by Apple Inc. since 2007. The models, whose interface has been designed around a multi-touch touch screen (multi-touch), have a camera which also functions as a camera, a built-in iPod, an Internet client (for browsing the web or checking email), and basic functions such as texting (SMS) (text messages) and MMS and also have visual voicemail and the App Store, which allows you to download applications, ranging from games to social networks, including GPS, television, electronic press and even comics. As of September 2012, there are over 700,000 applications available for the iOS platform. "

Source: Wikipedia
Increasingly efficient, telephones have become real tools at the cutting edge of technology and offering multiple functions. Can we do without cell phones? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using them?


Goals

At the end of the activities, students will be able to:
- ask questions about their use of mobile phones;
- calculate percentages based on the class's responses to a series of questions;
- produce a graph representing the results in percentage from a spreadsheet software;
- name the advantages and disadvantages of using cell phones;
- reflect more generally on the influence of the mobile phone on society.


ACTIVITY 1: Familiarize yourself with the news

The first activity is to make sure that the students are all aware of the news. Here are some sources to consult:

The enthusiasm for the iPhone 5 is confirmed
The iPhone 5 out of stock, the shortage threatens Apple, The new observer
With 5 million iPhone 5s sold in three days, Apple is a bit disappointing in the markets
China factory that manufactures iPhone 5 reopens after unrest

Suggestions: reading aloud, viewing a report, personal reading, etc.

ACTIVITY 2: Using the cell phone

This first activity will allow you to conduct a class survey on the use of cell phones. For each question, write down the number of responses. Then have individual students calculate the percentage of responses for each question.
Survey questions:

1. Do you have a cell phone?
Yes or no ?
2. How many years have you had one?
Less than a year ? Between one and two years? Between two and four years? More than four years?
3. Do you currently have one that is dated:
Less than a year? One to two years? More than two years?
4. What is the budget per month for the consumption / package of your phone?
Less than 15 $ or euros? Between 15 and 25 $ or euros? Between 25 and 35 $ or euros? More than 35 $ or euros?
5. What feature do you use your phone the most for?
To phone ? To send SMS? To take photos / videos? For the Internet? Other?
6. Are the model and features of the phone very important to you?
Yes or no ?
7. Are you ready to go without your cell phone for a whole day?
Yes or no ?

Using spreadsheet software (such as Excel), the students will then have to make a graph for each question representing the percentage obtained according to the answers.
They will be able to present everything (question and graph with percentage of responses) in a slide show using presentation software (such as PowerPoint).

ACTIVITY 3: Advantages and disadvantages of cell phones

A number of people criticize the use of cell phones. Ask students to think about why the cell phone can be criticized. Brainstorm this question as a whole class. Think about health issues, noise pollution ...

Here are some possible answers:
the issue of cell phone waves on health, happy slapping, the SMS language which is propagated elsewhere (on the Internet, etc.), the race for the most efficient or the most beautiful telephone, the cost of telephones, inconvenient use in public transport ...

We do not live the same way with or without a cell phone. How does it change people's lives? What are the advantages ? And its drawbacks?

Finally, ask the students who would be willing not to use their cell phone for a full day? Is it a big sacrifice?
For those who wouldn't be ready to do it, why don't they want to?


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