NEWPORT, Mich. — Students at Lutheran High School South are using school-issued mobile phones to take notes, complete assignments and watch presentations this year, according to The Detroit News.

The mobile education company GoKnow, co-founded by University of Michigan engineering professor Elliot Soloway, provided the phones, The News reported. Soloway projects that every American student will use a mobile learning device within five years, according to The News.

GoKnow is among many companies moving into mobile education, The News reported. The California firm Shmoop is recruiting university students to write digital textbooks on U.S. history, economics and literature which can be purchased as mobile phone applications, it reported as another example.

"In the future, we're going to see a lot of learning shifting to phones," Vikrama Savkar, senior vice president for Scitable, told The News. Scitable is part of London-based Nature Publishing Group, which sells a mobile science library.

"Homework's more fun with the phone," Lutheran South junior Caleb Carr told The News.

SOURCE:
The Detroit News, "Smartphones dial up learning experience," Oct.  9, 2010

FURTHER READING:
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Online Learning Can Improve Michigan Education," April 13, 2010

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