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Back To School, In Finland At Least!

Every Autumn we have this steady news topic about how to ‘back to school’.  And guess what – it is about the type of a smart phone for a 7 year old.

Probably it is our heavy Nokia burden, that makes the Finns honestly believe that the age  of 7 years is the age to have the first if not a smart phone, but a mobile, and personal phone anyway. It is of course based for the security, communication, sociality among the peers, but the most important reason might be individuality.

Also the Finnish government’s school curriculum takes into advantage the mobility, iPads, tablets and digital learning. Unlike in France, where the mobile has been rejected at school, totally banned recently, in Finland it is often allowed to use your own phone during the classes, well, for learning of course.

Read the intro of Helsingin Sanomat about the comparison of price and technological features. (In Finnish and for subscribers only.)

Some guidelines for teachers by the vocational association of teachers in Finland. (In Finnish.)

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Remember to cover the screen – no matter minor or major!