Mobile phone technology is the fastest growing form of communication in Africa. It is not surprising to see individuals with more than a single handset. It is also not surprising to see school children with mobile phones.
There has been a debate on whether mobile phone devices should be banned in schools. The main argument has been that mobile phones are a distraction to learning. People are absolutely right to be concerned as this does happen in some cases. The problem though is not the mobile phone but how it is being used. Banning mobile phones may be solution but there’s an innovative price to pay.
Mobile phone technology has become essential at collecting and processing information. There are applications that have been built specifically for students such as word processing, presentation, and spreadsheets. Some companies have adopted a mobile first philosophy where mobile presence takes centre stage in the design of their digital products.
There’s more to gain in allowing mobile phones in schools than in banning them. A robust mobile technology use policy may be all a school needs to circumvent the potential negative use of the gadgets. Technology is a double edged sword and it is upto us to harness the potential benefits of mobile phones as educational tools than to make a blanket ban that could disadvantage our children from accessing educational mobile applications.