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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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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...

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