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Gadget Man – Episode 109 – Mobile Devices in the Classroom

On Friday I spoke to Jenny Kendall-Tobias on BBC Radio Guernsey about children carrying mobile phones in classrooms.

This followed an interview  in the Daily Telegraph two weeks ago with Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture. He gave his views on the use of mobile phones in class by children and what he believed headteachers should be doing to tackle the issue.

Matt Hancock - All rights reserved by Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Matt Hancock MP – Credit: Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

“Technology makes being a parent much harder. And schools have a big role too. I enthusiastically support using technology for teaching. But we also need to teach children how to stay safe with technology. Why do young children need phones in schools?”

“There are a number of schools across the country that simply don’t allow them. I believe that very young children don’t need to have access to social media. While it is up to individual schools to decide rather than government, I admire headteachers who do not allow mobiles to be used during the school day. I encourage more schools to follow their lead. The evidence is that banning phones in schools works.”

“Studies have shown mobile phones can have a real impact on working memory and fluid intelligence, even if the phone is on a table or in a bag.”

Following this article, I was asked to appear on Jenny’s show to discuss my thoughts on children carrying mobile phones in classrooms.

Mobile phone use in school - Credit: IntelFreePress / Flickr
Mobile phone use in school – Credit: IntelFreePress / Flickr

You might be surprised to hear that I don’t think mobile devices have a place on the classroom. They are an enormous distraction and I think they pose a very real safeguarding issue within the school where they could be used inappropriately and there is also a very clear issue of peer pressure, with device cost stretching to £1000. There is also a problem with children carrying extremely valuable devices to and from school, which again exhibits a danger of theft.

If you feel differently, please let me know if the comments and of course you can listen in to the interview by click on the link above.

 

Gadget Man – Episode 12 – Nokia Lumia 2520 and Nokia Lumia 630

Over the past few weeks, we have been testing the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet and Nokia Lumia 630 smart phone. Both excellent devices in their categories; Matt talks to Mark Murphy about them Mark gets hands on.

Nokia Lumia 630, your brightly coloured little friend

Nokia have always pushed the envelope with their Lumia devices. Right from the beginning their signature polycarbonate around clear black screens have always given these services a feeling of quality. Now they are owned by Microsoft and the 630 is one of the first devices to be released following being absorbed into the Seattle technology giant. Continue reading Nokia Lumia 630, your brightly coloured little friend

Nokia Lumia 2520 – The solution to a problem that does exist?

Last week I received two Nokia products for review, the first was the Lumia 2520, which I review today, the second was a Lumia 630 running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 software, this will be reviewed later. Continue reading Nokia Lumia 2520 – The solution to a problem that does exist?

Nokia Lumia 1520 – It will keep your hands full!

Think big! Bigger. No, you’ll have to think bigger than that. Trust me, you’re going to need to be thinking pretty big, because today we’re going to be taking a look at one of the biggest smart phones currently on the market – the Nokia Lumia 1520. Continue reading Nokia Lumia 1520 – It will keep your hands full!

Gadget Man – Episode 4 – Nokia Lumia 1520 vs HTC One M8 – Camera Comparison

This week, Matt wraps up his week using the Nokia Lumia 1520 and HTC One M8 phones as possible replacements for cameras.

HTC One M8 from ThreeBoth amazing and beautifully crafted in their own right top end smartphones, it was difficult separating them as they had individual show stopping features.

The Nokia has a simply breathtaking 6 inch screen with amazing camera, the HTC is unbelievably well made and has incredible sound or ‘Boom Sound’ as HTC call it.

If you are looking for  great camera-phone, either will suit your needs, but don’t put away your dedicated camera just yet.

Listen in to find out more.

Thanks to  Nina at Hope & Glory, Nadine at Axicom and Jaycee at Kazoo for the providing us with review devices.

Gadget Man Episode 3 – Sony Smartwatch 2 plus Lumia 1520 vs HTC One M8

This week we find out how Matt got on wearing the Sony Smartwatch 2. Matt introduces the 6 Inch!!! Nokia Lumia 1520 and HTC One M8 and asks the question ‘Are smartphones ready to replace cameras?’. Wrapping up with discussion of ‘Yo!’ the app.

Thanks to Laura at Citizen Relations,  Nina at Hope & Glory and Nadine at Axicom for the providing the above devices!