Hmm . . . interesting. The world seems to have moved on a few stages whilst I was looking the other way. As a teacher, the initials AQA have always meant an exam board. However, if you text 63336, you get another company called AQA. Any Questions Answered.
I thought I'd try it out - it costs £1:50 but they seem to want you to use the facility so I got another one free. Anyway, I thought I'd be a bit clever and rather than try "What's the Meaning of Life" type questions, I'd ask something a bit harder. So I tried "How Many Times Do You Have To Fall Before You End Up Falling?" (the title of a Richard Thompson song as any fule no*). Within minutes, I received a reply:
"Some children don't fall at all when they are learning to walk. Others fall dozens of time (sic). The average age children start walking is 16 months."
Okay, not the answer required but I don't know what I was expecting - possibly a long wait and an incomprehensible answer. But they delivered! My god! I'm going to use this in the classroom. If the buggers are going to keep using their phones, they might as well be using them to help them become useful adults!** What a wonderful resource.
Just for your information, I'm reading Ian Gilbert's guide to 21st Century teaching called Why Do I Need A Teacher When I've Got Google? I won't be a teacher for too much longer in this century but I do want to remain useful for a year or two more.
*Obviously, the song is about making mistakes - of the heart most likely, knowing RT.
** It's not what knowledge you have but how you use it.