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

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

To prevent distractions in class, SouthKorean officials plan to install the iSmartKeeper remote managementplatform on students' smartphones. The app will give teachers theability to lock all phones in the classroom in various modes - forexample, allow only emergency calls, allow only phone calls, turn offspecific apps, and vice versa. There's also the idea of lettingstudents access only particular education apps to be used as teachingaids.

The app can be synced to the schoolschedule, which will automatically make it lock and unlocksmartphones as the typical school day goes. It can also utilize theirin-built GPS chips to automate its functions as students enter andleave the school's grounds. The last bit turned out to be a littleproblematic.

iSmartKeeper was tested in about elevenSeoul schools, and the results were comical. The innocent children quicklyrooted their smartphones, getting rid of the daunting restrictionsand 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 Gangwonhave been advised to deploy the app. Teachers just never understand,do they?

via TheVerge



1. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

5. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

3. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

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

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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 ? "

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

10. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

11. clarkjeferson

Posts: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 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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