Source: The Verge
quote: why not find a game that's completly in french (like a text RPG) then give students a grade on how fast they can complete the game?
quote: And even then kids failed classes and years because they simply refused to pay attention.
quote: 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
quote: Students who fail end up being less productive than those who don't.
quote: 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.
quote: 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.