04 Apr '11, 1am

Do students really need iPhones?

I REFER to reports on Pioneer Junior College's plans to help every student get an iPhone after creating a special app "to facilitate communication between the school, staff and students as well as enhance teaching and learning". Is it really prudent to invest in an iPhone at such a great expense to parents and/or the taxpaying public? The principal might wish to do a return-on-investment analysis or consider alternatives that could enhance communication between the school and the students more productively: Such as enhancing the expanded networking, using Facebook, Twitter or Skype and other less costly, more user-friendly technologies. If the objective is to release notes and other data, then the iPhone is not the way to go. There are other simpler and less luxurious alternatives to undertaking this. Can't such data be downloaded from the school's and Ministry of Educatio...

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Comments

  1. 05 May '11, 4am

    Personally, I think such smartphone, not just particularly the iphone, including the ipad etc, instead of helping to improve the communications between students, parents, or whosoever is not really achieving what it is on the long run.

    Take a look around you or even yourself with your kids. Kids/parents or even girl/boyfriends or even the family members, who have an iphone/smartphone/ipad each are basically 'communicating' with the device instead of the verbal communication we have been along trying to improve on.

    It is hard not to notice that parents are stuffing their kids with such devices, so that they can play games or whatever, in order to keep them quiet in the public or even at home.

    It is just a matter of time, when the children or even the adults are 'addicted' to such devices that it have virtually or completely reduce the most important kind of verbal communication that we all prefer to address to.

    Can you imagine that the students will just like to tell the teachers

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