The New Age of Cell Phones in the Classroom

Music. Video Streaming. Games... and Learning?

These are only some of the features the cell phones of today have that were not originally imagined when the first cell phone was produced. Cell phones have quickly transformed from a portable telephone to a pocket-sized computer that gives consumers the world at their fingertips.

The modern day cell phone is a tool of entertainment for many, but for students across the country they are a growing academic resource. Students and professors can utilize apps to communicate assignments, course information and grades. On their own time, students can brush up on a language they are studying in school through apps such as Duolingo.

But what happens when the technology pops up in the classroom?

Boston Globe article published earlier this year, discussed the pros and cons of the culmination of cellular technology and education, especially when the technology is physically brought into the classroom. While cell phones do provide excellent academic resources, student tendencies to get distracted and find their way to social networking apps in class become a problem.

It seems though that this technology is not something that will be leaving classrooms anytime soon. Slowly but surely educational systems are determining the best way to adapt classroom environments to best incorporate technology such as cell phones into their classrooms.

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