4 ways that phones are improving education

Written by on 04/09/2015 in Curated content


By Joe McCarthy

“Put that phone away!” yell a thousand teachers every second of every day.

Mobile phones are often thought to have no place in the classroom. They’re nothing but a big ole distraction, right?

While mobile phones may be more of a bane than a boon in US schools, they are advancing education in many underdeveloped countries.
I personally don’t think it’s useful for students to have total access to their phones in the classroom: I think it leads to too much impulsive, frivolous behavior.
But I do accept that phones have an important role to play both inside and outside the classroom, especially in resource-deficient areas. So in part to convince myself of their value I did some research and found:

4 ways that phones are improving education

1) Widespread adoption

In developing areas, computers may be unavailable or shoddy. Books may be rare. Tablets are uncommon. And forget about smartboards.
So how do you research and learn from alternative sources?
Mobile phones! They’re cheap and easy to maintain and more than three-quarters of the world’s population have one.

See the full story on www.globalcitizen.org

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