One hundred 5th grade students in the Tom Rivers Regional School District in New Jersey each received smart phones compliments of Verizon as supplements to their in the classroom education. And they’re not the first. Seventh, eighth and ninth graders in Michigan also recently received smart phones to supplement their math and language arts curriculum and saw a 25% increase in achievement scores. Phones are used to move the classroom experience away from lecturing and towards collaboration, making learning more interactive, involving parents, and even helping to keep track of attendance.
What used to happen when you pulled out a phone in school? Either you were able to pull of sneaking a look at the text and didn’t have to wait 5 minutes until the end of class to know where you were meeting your friends, or you got yelled at by the teacher and told to “turn that thing off!” I guess that’s why the smart phones Verizon donated have all text and calling features disabled…