Thats complete rubbish. Its not because teachers can't control the kids, its because it is so damn boring they dont want to learn. Thats the way it was at school.
My class got mainly A's B's and a few A*'s at GCSE which was a good 6-7 years ago. The people in my class werent exactally the cleverest of the bunch at all but they did well because they wanted to learn.
My maths is absolutly terrible, give me 2 large numbers to add together and I cant do it without counting on my fingers etc. Yet I still got a B at GCSE. I found maths hard but the way it was tought to us made me want to learn.
We were taugh using computer programs that helped us learn, a bit like the DS brain training and all those other learning games.
And as phones are becoming more sophisticated at a lower price more people can afford them so people do not need to be able to do complex arithmatic in their heads. Isn't that what the calculator was invented for?
So I think this is a brilliant idea, the only thing that needs to be done is to be able to control the phone. If you have programs like Brain Training on phones in the future then thats brilliant however it is not so good for a schoole without control of the phone.
If the school can disable the students ability to send texts from the phone while in a lesson and to restrict the phone to do only what the lesson requires then it would certainly improve teaching.
If not you will just get students who want to learn anyway doing it right, and then you will have all the dropouts playing games and texting their mates which will give the opposite effect of what is being aimed.
The idea of this is to get everyone learning and using computers and software is a more fun way to learn and everyone wants to do it even when they don't think they are.
School has been proven to work for so many years. Why do we need to add confusing crap that is going to run horriable and take weeks of trainning to use :\\
Edited by Domino - 12/27/08 at 1:39pm