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Are Schools on the Verge of a Mobile-Phone Revolution?

  • July 23, 2011, 8:08 a.m.
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From >> These days its pretty impossible to find a teen without a cell phone—over 75 percent of them own one—which means that schools should be seriously looking at how to harness the technology in the classroom

In fact, given the possibilities for learning through games, simulations, virtual environments and interfaces, we could be on the verge of a mobile education revolution. But, while isolated schools or school districts have experimental pilot projects, many educators are still pretty wary of mobile-based learning, and some even ban mobile phones from being on campus.

Why all the skepticism? Some teachers worry that instead of using their phones for a sanctioned classroom purposes, students will spend their time texting or playing games. School districts also worry about the possibility of a lawsuit from angry parents if a student accesses inappropriate websites using the school's wireless connection, or, for example, engages in online bullying during school hours. However, those kinds of worries aren't insurmountable, and actually teaching kids how to properly use their mobile phones is a smart solution.
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