Modern schoolchildren spend all day long with their smartphones. They waste hours playing around with apps, trying new games and texting. They can’t go to the toilet without mobiles in hands, literally. We are accustomed to think that spending too much time with smartphones do only harm to their mental health, productivity and skill development. Yes, chatting on Facebook is less useful than reading a book, but are there no profits at all? In fact, we can judge that there do exist some points, which lead to gaining new skills, understanding the surroundings better and personal growth.
1. Communicating with people. First of all, smartphones improve communication skills. Chatting on Facebook or other messengers, children learn how to lead a conversation and express their thoughts in a legible manner. Moreover, they make connections with other people, get acquainted with interesting characters, and make new friends which they won’t probable meet in real life. This can do a lot of good in the future.
2. Staying in touch with old friends. When our parents were school girls and boys, there was no other way to stay in touch with far away friends than writing long letters and send them over the ocean. As laziness already existed, it was a whole feat to make yourself write snail mail letters, so distanced friendship was put at risk. But now friends from different cities may communicate all day long for free and discuss all the interesting points. They can even make voice and video calls with Skype, which is really great as well.
3. Learning a language. The point of communication to friends from different countries requires the knowledge of some other languages. It’s obvious. The less obvious thing is that – especially if English is not your native language, – a smartphone’s interface is full of other language’s details. And switching the mobile to some other language may lead to obtaining its knowledge easily. Plus, apps like Google Translate allow students to easily translate their speech to some other language.
4. Getting organized. By using apps like Wunderlist children can compose their to-do lists. It may bring them profit in studying and working then and make all those activities ways more productive.
5. Learning music genres. One of the most popular ways to use a smartphone is listening to music. There are dozens of apps allowing students to discover new songs and learn more about music genres, artists’ biographies, etc. For example, Free MP3Box from Freemake supports numerous hashtags corresponding to all popular music genres. You can enter #classical and receive over 10K classical song titles ranged by popularity. Even such a surface knowledge of classical music and other genres is worth paying attention to.
6. Getting hot news. If grown up children spend a lot of time on Twitter, it is not the reason to get upset. In addition to talking, this social network serves to deliver news via trending topics and popular retweets. Therefore, this is the way to learn more about politics, exams and the whole situation on the country.
7. Learning photography. There appeared a joke that after Instagram launch every other user has become a photographer. Sarcastic, yes, but actually, Instagram taught us to make compositionally great shots and care about their post-production afterwards. So, then, a kid can find a new talent and express himself better.
8. Learning the city. In Swarm app the point is checking in when you are in new place. And Foursqure serves as a portable encyclopedia of places with real reviews from their visitors. So, by making check-ins and reading about houses, every child discovers his city and learns about some peculiar corners, which is definitely very profitable.
9. Writing skills. Note-taking, tweeting and texting have something in common – they deal with writing down your thoughts, capturing mental and emotional moments and expressing them in writing. So, by doing this, schoolchildren start to write better which can be used for composition and essay tasks.
10. Keeping hand on pulse. Well, all in all, smartphones are the trends of our modern reality. And it’s no point and no use refusing the fact.
By using iPhones and other mobiles, children keep in touch with today’s world and there is no need to block this. Vice versa, it’s our mission to turn it to their profit and take all the advantages of the situation by composing inspirational and creative tasks and just looking at the educational process from another, much more modern point of view.