We need to recognize that mobile computing is now a reality. Rather than allowing schools to buy cell phone jammers we should encourage them to employ smart phones for educational purposes. Imagine if students always have the opportunity to learn wherever they are. A GIS system coupled with locational-aware datasets could make this possible. When they go to the skatepark they could find out how many injuries have occurred here. Or how the graffiti in the city was lowered after the park was built. Their town church or city hall could trigger multimedia about architecture and mathematics or local industry and historical happenings.
Anything that will allow students to follow their passions and learn to learn would be a vast improvement. Thus we could begin to address the shortfalls in education and broadband simultaneously.
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