To prevent distractions in class, South Korean officials plan to install the iSmartKeeper remote management platform on students' smartphones. The app will give teachers the ability to lock all phones in the classroom in various modes - for example, allow only emergency calls, allow only phone calls, turn off specific apps, and vice versa. There's also the idea of letting students access only particular education apps to be used as teaching aids.
The app can be synced to the school schedule, which will automatically make it lock and unlock smartphones as the typical school day goes. It can also utilize their in-built GPS chips to automate its functions as students enter and leave the school's grounds. The last bit turned out to be a little problematic.
iSmartKeeper was tested in about eleven Seoul schools, and the results were comical. The innocent children quickly rooted their smartphones, getting rid of the daunting restrictions and showcasing the power of open platforms to the authorities. Furthermore, the GPS geofencing system malfunctioned and led to phones remaining locked for hours after school. Regardless, all 677 schools in the South Korean province of Gangwon have been advised to deploy the app. Teachers just never understand, do they?
via The Verge