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Heard: Smartphones and Mobiles, New battleground in UK schools | The Guardian

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Controversy is brewing across the pond in the UK around phones in classrooms. Many students own smartphones, but instead of using these resources for classes, they are banned. The Guardian reports:

Miles Berry, a senior lecturer in the use of technology in education at the University of Roehampton, said schools needed to “capture the vast amount of informal learning going on outside the classroom”.

“The ability to access all the world’s information from a handheld device is transformative for learning and would make a huge difference to children’s learning from late primary school onwards,” he said.

“It seems wrong to deny this to children inside the classroom when so many already have this opportunity outside the classroom.”

via Smartphones and handheld computers: the new battleground in UK schools | Education | The Guardian.

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