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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: Tried before, will be defeated.
By Reclaimer77 on 3/20/2014 6:00:51 PM , Rating: 1
Can I just ask a question? Why is it paramount to stop cellphone use in schools?

And even then kids failed classes and years because they simply refused to pay attention.

Good! That's what SHOULD happen. This idea that kids just absolutely cannot fail in school, that it's a travesty, is why our education system is in the dump.

Turning off a smartphone isn't going to make learning french any more or less exciting. So i say let them keep their smartphones and increase the frequency of tests. Once they start failing them the smart kids will start putting the smartphone away


Schools shouldn't be concerning themselves with curbing cultural trends they don't like. Let kids use whatever they want, if they fail, that's on them.

But of course we can't have that happen. Then the school will get a low "no kid left behind" score or some crap and the Government will take their lunch money or whatever.

This is why we have people with four year degrees delivering pizzas. A dumbass with a degree is still a dumbass.

RE: Tried before, will be defeated.
By wordsworm on 3/20/2014 11:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
Students who fail end up being less productive than those who don't. Failing kids in school has long term negative effects on everyone, the nation, the world, on a variety of levels.

Your education system is in the dump for the same reason as Canada's: teachers have taken over the system with their unions. The unions routinely take students/kids hostage and created a system which cares more about itself and those it serves rather than the students whom they are supposed to serve. A part of the reason for that is that these unions are effectively monopolies.

I used to wonder why trade deficits exist so badly between Asian nations and western nations. One reason I found out while living there, is because shipping is so much cheaper there. Imagine, I could send 20kg of box to British Columbia for around $35. Sending it back to Korea is hundreds of dollars. Why? Because both our nations have allowed these proliferation of monopolistic unions to hijack these industries/services.

Really, if we want to turn things around, we need to get rid of these institutions, or at least allow others to compete with the unions, organized or not. In other words, don't allow a single union to run all the teachers in a state. Allow schools to choose teachers from other unions or individuals who aren't interested in unions. That will go a long way to fixing the educational debacle that both of our nations are experiencing.

RE: Tried before, will be defeated.
By Reclaimer77 on 3/21/2014 5:50:08 PM , Rating: 3
Students who fail end up being less productive than those who don't.

And that's fine. We'll always need janitors, fast food workers, etc etc.

RE: Tried before, will be defeated.
By Piiman on 3/22/2014 12:20:09 PM , Rating: 3
I heard you were a janitor at McDonalds.

By sorry dog on 3/23/2014 12:56:56 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know Reclaimer is an illegal immigrant?

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