As we’re gearing up for back to school, did you know this is the time most children receive their first cell phone? The average age of children with their first cell phone is eleven. U.S. Cellular and their network, selection of products & plans for the entire family is definitely worth looking into if you’re going down that road. Giving your children a mobile device, such as the iPhone 7 has both it’s pro’s & con’s. Today, lets take a look at some of the pro’s & how your child could benefit from a mobile device to help with academics..
- From doing internet research in the classroom or collaborating with other students over Google Docs, to assisting with homework, smartphones and tablets have become essential in education. In fact, according to a recent report by Common Sense Media, 94 percent of parents agreed that technology positively supports their children with schoolwork and education.
- Wolfram|Alpha, a useful app for homework of any kind. With U.S. Cellular’s fast, high-quality network and nationwide coverage, it can be easily accessed anytime when your child has a cellphone, they’re able to gather in-depth information on grammar concepts, historical figures, math equations and the laws of physics. It’s available in Google Play and in the App Store for $2.99.
- Photomath another good app, that leads to help in academics & lands on the pro’s list. It’s a free camera calculator designed to virtually show students the step-by- step process of working out difficult math problems. Free for both Apple and Android users, the app will scan a picture of the question, detail each step to solve the equation and provide an answer for students to check their work.
- When it comes to test prep, we recommend the Ready4ACT study app which prepares students in their final years of high school for the ACT test. With practice problems and mock exams that can be taken right from their Samsung Galaxy S8 or iPhone 7, the app
can give students easy access to analytics and estimated scores for the ACT. Ready4ACT is available for free on Google Play and in the App Store.
- ClassDojo is a classroom manager that is used in 90 percent of K- 8 schools in the United States and helps connect teachers, students and parents in a classroom community. It manages participation and rewards and allows teachers to share classroom moments with parents or even instant message with them as needed. The app is free for teachers and available for Android, Apple and other devices.
While families should familiarize themselves with the specific rules for mobile device use in their child’s classroom, there are other steps parents can take to help ensure appropriate use of their child’s smartphone or tablet in and out of the classroom. It’s important to set rules and limitations with cellphone usage and to make sure kids know how to use them safely and respectfully. To help facilitate a conversation around
mobile device rules and set parameters, U.S. Cellular created the Parent-Child Agreement. It provides customizable suggestions on safety and etiquette. It is designed so that each family can choose the guidelines that fit their specific needs. You can download the agreement at www.ChildPhoneAgreement.com.