Cellphones Follow Computers, Make Pitch For Classroom

03/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • MATT RICHTEL and BRAD STONE New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO -- The cellphone industry has a suggestion for improving the math skills of American students: spend more time on cellphones in the classroom.

At a conference this week in Washington called Mobile Learning 09, CTIA, a wireless industry trade group, plans to start making its case for the educational value of cellphones. It will present research -- paid for by Qualcomm, a maker of chips for cellphones -- that shows so-called smartphones can make students smarter.

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