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The importance of being mobile (part two) | Applications & education

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15:29 PM | 1 March 2013

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The ongoing trend of smart phones and tablets invading our schools and universities require a vast restructure of our educational systems. We must embrace the opportunities and advantages that mobile applications provide us.

Smartphones are notorious for their disruptive nature. E.g. it is socially accepted that your smartphone is more important than the person that is right in front of you. Just pick up your phone, reply to that (not so important) message and then continue your face to face conversation.

There are numerous sources that claim smartphones lower our attention span and therefore decrease our focus on, for example, a lecture or classroom interaction.

The heavy technology use, Dr. Christakis said, “makes reality by comparison uninteresting.”

(NY Times, 2012)

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