Class, Open Your Phones
Trends suggest that mobile phones have educational potential.
By Terry Freedman
Courtesy of Technology & Learning
Cell phones are often tolerated in schools as long as they are turned off during lessons; sometimes they're banned outright. But as mobile technologies continue to improve and pioneers find innovative ways to use them, it's only a matter of time before students are admonished for not bringing their phones to class.
Let's start with the phones themselves, whose usefulness is improving with every new model. For example, almost all cell phones now have note-taking and calendar features, so there's no excuse for students forgetting their homework assignments. And the ubiquitous calculator feature can be used in math lessons, of course.