Telephones in classrooms
The telephone as a classroom
In some countries schools cannot be built in remote areas because there are too few students. Still, children are of course entitled to an education, and even in developing countries technology can now solve the problem.
Today, high-performance radio masts and amplifiers are sufficient to bring an Internet connection even to remote areas. The cost of a smartphone, especially the Android models, has dropped dramatically. With an Android phone and an Internet connection, a child can set up their own classroom today.
Tele-schools also offer children who cannot attend classes for health reasons an opportunity to learn from home. There are two different approaches.
Videos and texts
The students are given videos and texts on specific topics in a Internet library provided by the school. Often, tasks are also set. With the smartphone, the students can acquire the knowledge, but also take tests in which you can tick answers. If written answers are required, they can be dictated on the smartphone. Books can be made available as PDF or in ePub format
Students can use chat rooms to exchange ideas with classmates, but also to ask questions to teachers. Such chats can be a module on the school's e-learning page or existing services such as Telegram or WhatsApp can be used. If the connections are good enough, you can also use your smartphone for video calls. With such calls, the student can also create a more personal connection with classmates and teaching staff.
E-learning via smartphone can largely be done via the internet browser, but some schools and universities also offer specially programmed apps that have additional functions.
The advantage of the smartphone as a learning tool is clearly in its manageability, the low costs and the low effort of having to learn how to use it. Today, literally every child can use a smartphone.
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