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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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By Solandri on 3/20/2014 6:29:09 PM , Rating: 2
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 and pay attention simply because they do not feel spening another year in the same class will benifit them. The stupid ones are going to fail anyway.

Normally I'd be for this, but I think you give the kids too much credit. The reason they're considered kids and not adults is because they mostly haven't developed the maturity to handle life-altering decisions like this. Their underdeveloped brains are attracted to instantaneous fun even if it causes long-term harm. Kinda like when they rigged monkeys up to a machine which would inject cocaine directly into their bloodstream every time a lever was pressed. The monkeys stopped eating and would just sit there all day pushing the lever until they died.

So an adult has to correct this behavior by laying down some ground rules for the kids. A little less fun in the moment, but in exchange a lifetime of benefit from being educated so you can make smarter choices, get a better job, live a better life.

As for me, i've always failed french horribly (had a 2/10 on my final report). The only time i did learn some of it though, is when i met a french guy on MSN zone to talk to (playing age of empires 2 at the time) and i wanted to communicate in his language as his english wasn't all that good. So as far as i'm concirned, forbidding things always comes second to giving a reason to learn.

The problem isn't a lack of a reason to learn. The problem is the student doesn't yet realize what that reason to learn is. In your example, you were directly trying to communicate with a French speaker, so you had an immediate reason to motivate you to learn French.

But the more typical case is that you won't encounter an immediate need to know French until you're well into college. e.g. My brother in law did government and constitutional consultation for French-speaking developing countries - basically helped them write their Constitution and laws. He didn't actually need French until he was 2 years into his first job. If he had put off learning French until then, by that time it would've been too late. For kids going down this career path, the reason to learn French is already there (or is going to be there). Some kids are mature enough to realize this and pay attention in class. Others aren't so prescient, incorrectly jump to the conclusion that they're wasting their time, and play games instead of pay attention in class.

Obviously if you can create an immediate desire for the student to learn the material, that's the best motivation. But that's not always possible, so the lack of an immediate need in no way means other teaching methods lack rationale or justification.

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