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Several schools are adopting the system while others have opted out after tests

School officials in South Korea are moving forward with a plan that will allow the school to disable smartphones of students during class. Korean officials have reportedly been conducting trials of the new system using remote management software installed on the smartphones of the students.
The software being used is an app called iSmartKeeper and is able to control what services and apps the student has access to from their device. The smartphone can be locked into one of six modes at the teacher's discretion.
The system allows the teacher to turn the phones off completely, allow emergency calls only, to only allow phone calls and SMS, and one mode even allows the teacher to turn off specific apps. The goal of the program is to keep kids from being distracted by content on their smartphones while class is going.
At the same time, the schools want the smartphones and other devices to be usable as teaching aids. The software can also enable geolocation to keep an eye on where kids are during school hours.
The app has been used in trial tests inside 11 schools within Seoul so far -- three of those schools reportedly opted to not use the system after students began rooting their devices to avoid the restrictions.

Source: The Verge

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How about a dedicated lock box?
By quiksilvr on 3/20/2014 11:03:01 AM , Rating: 0
Just have a dedicated lock box with an electronic lock for every student that can only be unlocked by the teacher. That way if they do receive a call, the teacher can just unlock the box electronically.

If there is an emergency that involves electricity going out, the electronic locks would disengage, giving access to the phones. If any kid tries to tamper with the lock box, a tamper alarm would go off.

If any kid gets caught with a phone and just put a dummy one in the lock box, they can get written up and sent to the principal.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By Murloc on 3/20/2014 11:15:17 AM , Rating: 5
or you know, just grab the phone and put it in the teacher's desk, then give it back at the end of class.

It's also free.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By quiksilvr on 3/20/2014 11:18:44 AM , Rating: 5
Doing that for 30+ students can become very tedious very quickly. I was thinking of an automated system that can be implemented fairly easily.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By BRB29 on 3/20/2014 11:39:06 AM , Rating: 4
what would you do if 30 phones were going off in the lockbox?

In an emergency, the first thing you should do is leave asap, not have 30 students jumping for their phones.

Best to stop stupid phone use is install the same materials they use in meeting rooms that block signals. Make no phone policy while in school/class. Define penalties and enforce it.

Every teacher deals with this issue these days. Even kids in elementary have smartphones. The good teachers enforce their policies and kids learned to turn it off until recess or when school is over.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By quiksilvr on 3/20/2014 11:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
I meant the dedicated lockbox being at the desk of each student, not across the room (again, make it as seamless as possible and easily accessible if an emergency was underway).

As for blocking signals with another device, it is an interesting idea but it doesn't stop students from using apps and/or playing games.

The thing with South Korea vs other countries is that internet addiction is at a whole 'nother level there. Sometimes things as drastic as this is necessary to curb it.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By BRB29 on 3/20/2014 2:21:18 PM , Rating: 3
now you need 30 lock boxes!

It's better just to use classroom management. Teach the socially acceptable behaviors. If they violate your classroom policies then take it away. It's not hard and will probably help them in the future.

....if these kids think they can just whip out a phone in college, at work, or in a meeting...

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By dice1111 on 3/20/2014 12:00:48 PM , Rating: 2
or, "If I even see/hear/get-a-sense-off, a cell phone in my class, and it's not an emergency... detention. Two strikes, detention for a week. Three strikes, you can tell your parents to come get it from me during working hours, and detention for another week."

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By hughlle on 3/20/2014 2:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
At the schools around where i grew up, if you were caught using your phone in class, it would be confiscated, for 24 hours at a minimum. The kids kept their phones away until breaktime. Better for them to go a couple of hours without than a day or two.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By JediJeb on 3/20/2014 5:02:46 PM , Rating: 2
When I grew up if you were caught using a phone in class it was in a secretarial class. Mobile phones were too heavy to carry around with you to class lol.

By sorry dog on 3/23/2014 12:52:19 PM , Rating: 2
No kidding... my school had two pay phones next to the lunch room... which usually meant the occasional bomb threat was usually around lunch time.

By jimbojimbo on 3/20/2014 4:50:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'd have ran an app that would make a fart noise after so many minutes. :)

By laviathan05 on 3/20/2014 11:42:08 AM , Rating: 2
Is that you Al Gore?


RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By Arkive on 3/20/2014 11:49:13 AM , Rating: 2

Are you serious? So the teacher has to handle the collection/disbursement of every device each period *and* screen every call for those devices? Why are we supporting this kind of entitlement in kids? If parents need to reach their kids at school there is a protocol for doing so. Jam every damn cell phone in the radius of school property and call it a day.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By FITCamaro on 3/20/2014 12:07:33 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously. We survived just fine without cell phones as kids. Todays kids can too.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By wordsworm on 3/20/2014 2:27:54 PM , Rating: 2
Kids can survive without them, but cell phones in class can be useful. ie., as a dictionary, doing a little research, etc. Cell phones can be a tool or a nuisance.

RE: How about a dedicated lock box?
By Arkive on 3/20/2014 3:58:28 PM , Rating: 2
Possibly true, but I think you'll be hard-pressed to convince me or anyone with a half a brain that the potential for misuse and distraction don't drastically outweigh the positives.

By wordsworm on 3/20/2014 11:20:22 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the students who used their phones in my classes used them as tools rather than entertainment. But... my classes were all 10 or fewer students.

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