Students can take handphones, IT gadgets to school from 2013
By TAN EE LOO
PUTRAJAYA: Students will be allowed to bring mobile phones and IT gadgets to school from next year after the rules and regulations under the Education Act 1996 are amended, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said Monday that such changes needed to be made to encourage educators and students to embrace information technology in the 21st century.
He said the move was in line with the Education Ministry’s move to implement the virtual teaching and learning programme – “1Bestari” – nationwide.
Based on a survey conducted by the Education Ministry, initial findings had showed varied views from the stakeholders such as principals, teachers, parents and students.
“When the 1Bestari is in place, you will get free wifi. We want to provide the virtual learning environment so that students can use their gadgets to learn and do their revision.
“The world is totally different now. This is a trend. We can’t stop that,” he told reporters after chairing the student discipline committee meeting in Putrajaya.
Currently, students are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school.
Dr Wee also invited the public to voice their views and opinions via the Education Ministry’s official Twitter account @1KemPelajaran.
Dr Wee said the draft of the amendments would be submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers within a week, and that a “stringent” guideline on the use of electronic gadgets in school would be set up by the Education Ministry.
“The teaching and learning process must not be disrupted. The guideline will outline how we allow and when we allow the students to use the gadgets,” he said.
He added another factor that came into the picture was the safety of students, because parents would like to use mobile phone to contact their children after school.
On another matter, Dr Wee said steps would be taken to address the issue of teenage pregnancy among school students in collaboration with the Health Ministry and Women, Family and Community Development Ministry.
According to Wee, there were 18,000 pregnant teenagers who are below the age of 19 and 25% are unmarried.
He said changes would be made so that schools had the right to send female students for medical examination at hospitals should they detect any sign of pregnancy.
He said truancy remained a main discipline problem among school students and there were also suggestions to have rules to curb cyber crimes.
Positive aspects of HP in schools
Smartphones and apps are the pinnacle of buzzwords when it comes to education. You can’t swing an app without hitting a smartphone…or something.
So what’s all the buzz about? Are smartphones really that big a deal in education? Let’s examine the facts:
- Ownership of smartphones continues to rise at a brisk pace
- Smartphone owners download between 50 and 80 apps each
- Students studying using smartphones are three times more likely to track their progress
- Flashcards and self-quizzes are popular: more than 70% of students use this type of app
- Most students use the built-in apps a lot. The calculator, notepad, and camera all play critical roles.
A new infographic from Online Colleges spells out exactly what schools are using smartphones for, which apps are most popular, and overall statistics you may not (yet) know about. This shouldn’t take more than a minute to read through but will get you caught up to speed just in time for back to school!
Research findings on HP among kids in families and schools
When you step into your school this fall, your eyes won’t be playing tricks on you. Pretty much every student, starting at the age of about 12, has a mobile phone. About a third of those students have a smartphone. The ‘Generation Text‘ is here and they expect you to keep up with them.
That’s according to a new study commissioned by AT&T and conducted by GfK. They did a national study with 1,000 parents and 500 children ages 8-17. This study found some good news (nearly all kids think it’s OK to have parents control phone usage) and some bad news (1 in 5 kids have been bullied via text message).
At any rate, this study comes at a critical time for students (and teachers) heading back to class.
Kids start receiving mobile phones in grade school
Kids receive their first mobile phone, on average, at age 12.1.
Of the kids who have a mobile phone, 34% have a smartphone.
Mobile issues are very real for kids
- More than half (53%) of kids report that they have ridden with someone who was texting and driving.
- More than 1 in 5 kids (22%) say they’ve been bullied via a text message from another kid.
- Almost half (46%) of kids ages 11–17 say they have a friend who has received a message or picture that their parents would not have liked because it was too sexual.
Kids are willing to accept rules
- 90% of kids think it’s OK for parents to set rules on how kids can and cannot use the phone.
- 66% of kids have rules at home about use of their phone; 92% of these kids think they are fair — and this is consistent across age groups and types of phone (i.e., mobile phone and smartphone).
- … but aren’t necessarily getting them
- Only 66% of kids say their parents have rules on how they can and cannot use their phone. Rules are much more common among younger kids.
- 38% of kids say their parents have not talked to them about staying safe and secure when using the mobile phone.
- 77% of kids age 8–11 and 74% of kids age 12–14 say they have rules, compared to only 58% of kids age 15–17.
Mobile phones are a kid’s go-to device
If kids had to choose one technology device for the rest of their lives, the majority say they would choose a mobile phone above all else — computer, television, tablet.
75% of kids think their friends are addicted to phones.
Not all parents are using or are aware of the tools at their disposal
- 62% of parents are concerned that they are not able to fully monitor everything their child is doing and seeing on the phone.
- 2 out of 5 kids with a mobile phone say their parents have not talked to them about staying safe and secure when using the mobile phone.
- 58% of parents say that their mobile phone provider offers tools or resources for parents to address issues like overages, safety, security and monitoring.
* Research published in the AT&T Mobile Safety study was conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and involved a nationally representative dual-frame random digit dial (RDD) sample consisting of both landline and cell phone telephone interviews with 1,000 adults who have a mobile phone and children between the ages of 8–17 who also have a mobile phone; and 500 children between the ages of 8–17 who have a mobile phone (55 interviews were conducted among children ages 8–11; 186 among ages 12–14; and 259 among ages 15–17).
The survey has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.2 percentage points among the full parents sample and plus or minus 4.6 percentage points among the full children sample. The margin of sampling error will be higher for subgroups.