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South Korean teachers to remotely lock students' smartphones in class?

Posted: , by Luis D.

South Korean teachers to remotely lock students' smartphones in class?

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

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 07:55 1

1. Neo_Huang (Posts: 462; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Fail. Good thing those kids are smart enough to root.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:08

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5869; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I wonder how long until phones are not allowed to be on in class? Suspensions or grade demerits don't look very good on applications to higher education.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 09:52

5. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That used to be a standard in New York and New Jersey but 911 changed all that. God forbid something bad were to happen parents want to have the ability to communicate with their children.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 10:10

7. Augustine (Posts: 739; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


A college in Wyoming did ban phones in all of its campus.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:09

3. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


They should root it and try to hack into the teachers phones. Lol. Stupid schools they wana control everything.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 08:16 5

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6584; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Kids these days don't know how to communicate. They either tweet or Facebook each other which is NOT LEARNING. And that's a smart way to lock up their phones.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 10:07

6. Augustine (Posts: 739; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I use Evernote on my phone to take notes during talks. I even use the camera to snap a picture of the whiteboard to be part of the notes. I also read Kindle books on my phone, annotate them and look up meaning of words, sometimes leading to a visit to Wikipedia to understand the term better. I'm not only not distracted, but my mobile actually enhances my focus and improves my understanding.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 10:47 1

8. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


kids have more knowledge of these things than parents and teachers do, so theey're always one step ahead of them

no wonder though, i'd do the same thing if i were in their shoes, you can't just go around installing spy apps on one's phone, ever heard of "expectation of privacy ? "

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 12:37 1

9. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5869; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Expectations of privacy stop at the school door. Privacy has been used to bring drugs, weapons and other contraband to school.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 13:36

10. Augustine (Posts: 739; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Why not strip-search them? Said the petty tyrant.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 01:25

11. clarkjeferson (Posts: 51; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


Well, DCInside may have some rooting manuals there.
I never knew South Korea had a rooting culture over there. I thought they liked their Vega Irons and Optimus G Pros as it is.

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