Smartphones encouraged for 'Back to School'
Smartphones now used for learning rather than being an annoyance in the classroom
"Back to School" offers and promotions can be seen all over the malls at this time of year, particularly in the electronic stores.
While it used to be the case that students were widely discouraged from using their mobile phones in school and punishments were given out for annoying ringtones disturbing the class; pupils texting each other rather than doing their work; or some students even cheating on school work or exams, today due to the capabilities of smartphones, students are now encouraged have them in school.
According to Marcus Hennessy on teaching site, lessonplanspage.com, many schools have seen positive results from students using smartphones in the classroom, he wrote: "They're used to access the internet, schedule homework, and send e-mails to teachers and fellow students regarding assignments.
"The phones allow students to conduct web searches, scan QR codes linked to relevant websites, graph science projects, and create Excel spreadsheets. Results are encouraging: students' overall math and science scores have improved from the previous year!"
There is also a wide range of educational and learning apps available today and lesson notes can be taken much more accurately by recording or videoing.
Parents also benefit with the knowledge of the safety of their child, either because they are only a phone call away if they are late home or because there are a variety of ways to track where their child is via the smartphone.
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