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March 20, 2009

High school uses cellphones as a learning aid

iphone.jpegMany high schools ban students from using cell phones and the government is even considering banning them from all elementary and junior high schools. However, according to a report in the Japan Times, Kochi High School has started to use cell phones as a learning aid - as a dictionary, as a calculator, to search for information on the Internet, to assign individual work to each student ...

Katsui Kusui, the principal of the school, said, 'Education is not catching up with the development of mobile phones. I want to educate students to use them properly and with good judgment'. Students are not allowed to send personal messages and there is regular instruction on cyber bullying and on keeping data safe.

According to a recent article in the Asahi Shimbun that focused on the dangers of cell phone addiction, 96% of Japanese high school students have cell phones and about 50% use them during meals, classes and even when taking a bath.

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