Blackberries, Razors, and Droids, OMG! We spend so much time with them, but cell phones are still a mystery. How do our voices travel through the air? Why do our bills work the way they do? Who owns the air?
An intrepid crew of NYC high school students from St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn worked with teaching artist Helki Frantzen and CUP to unscramble the signals. They interviewed engineers, lawyers, consumer advocates, and electrophysicists; and scoped out Consumer Reports test labs.
They created this documentary about the switches, wires, and policies that affect your cell phone service to help you get to know your airwaves a little better. The video has already been screened at national media conferences and is being used by such organizations as the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and the Center for Media Justice.
Watch the whole video below, or get your own copy of the video and educator’s guide here!
This project is also part of Dialed In: A Cell Phone Literacy Toolkit.