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Study: Want students to learn better? Get rid of the smartphones

Students learn better when smartphones aren't a distraction
By: Michael Hatamoto | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones News | Posted: May 19, 2015 4:50 pm

Most students are not allowed - or, well, not supposed to - use their smartphones in school, as they can cause significant distractions. It turns out, removing smartphones in schools helps add the equivalent of up to one class room week of studying time each school year, according to a study from Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy.




Their research was published by the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance, and reported 16-year-old students performed 6.41 percent better when smartphones are banned. The study took a look at four cities in the UK and is the latest fuel on the fire for school administrators - trying to find ways to keep mobile phone usage under control.


"We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low-income students gained the most," according to researchers. "We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days."


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