GOBLES, Mich. — Third-graders in Gobles Public Schools will receive mobile phones with Internet access beginning in January so they can do online research for school projects, according to The Paw Paw Courier Leader.

The Mobile Learning Device Pilot Project also will let students link to homework assignments posted by teachers, Superintendent Brenda Wilson said, according to The Courier Leader.

Wilson said that many families in the community use dial-up connections to the Internet that can be “slow and tedious,” The Courier Leader reported. The mobile phones will allow students to go online from any location, but will not allow phone calls or texting.

The Paw Paw Courier Leader, “Smartphones will be new homework tool for Gobles third graders,” Nov. 22, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Online Learning Can Improve Michigan Education,” April 13, 2010