Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mobile Phones Help, Not Hinder, Classroom Experience

Make way for the new “bookbag” on campus: the mobile phone. The days of banning mobile phones on college campuses seem to be waning as universities across the globe realize the potential of smartphone technology in the classroom. While once thought to be a distraction or a tool to promote cheating, mobile phones can provide instant access to information useful for brainstorming, podcasts and flipping through handouts (an earth-friendly alternative to passing out information in class). Universities are even handing out smartphones to incoming freshmen.

With the introduction of educational games/applications for mobile phones, notebooks could lose their superiority status in the classroom. After all, smartphones are smaller, lighter, cost-efficient and most likely the next staple of higher learning.

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