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Thursday, 06 May 2010

ImageWhat was once banished from the classroom is now being hailed as a new way to learn and a pathway to the future.

Instead of being told off for having their cellphones out during classes, pupils at Howick College are being encouraged to use them as much as possible.

The school, together with Vodafone and Waikato University, has been selected by the Ministry of Education to take part in a research project on mobile learning.

Also known as mLearning, mobile learning allows digital lessons to be “zapped” into mobile devices, such as cellphones, personal digital assistants, iTouch and PlayStation consoles.

The study will continue the work that is already being done by Howick College teachers Robert Douglas and Nathan Kerr, who was named the world’s most innovative teacher in 2008.

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