South Korean Schools Can Now Disable Students' Smartphones During Class
March 20, 2014 10:44 AM
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.
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