Jan 23, 2023

How Cellphones Help with Homework

How Cellphones Help with Homework

These days, there’s no such thing as a student without a cellphone. And, as with any innovation, there has been plenty of debate as to whether or not cell phones should be allowed in school. But the truth is that when used properly, cell phones can be a great tool to help kids learn and succeed in the classroom. Here’s how.

A cell phone allows easy access to information

Using a cell phone in school offers students access to a tremendous source of knowledge quickly and easily. With the advent of the internet, students now have access to an almost infinite amount of information at their fingertips.

By giving classroom students access to the internet via their cell phones, they can quickly look up facts, figures, dates, events, and other important things that would have otherwise taken much longer to discover. This can be especially helpful in school when students are researching a project or writing and submitting a paper. Cell phones can also be used to easily search for definitions and synonyms, helping students expand their vocabulary and making their written homework assignments much clearer and more precise.

Cell phones can be particularly helpful with online programs, when students might have to record presentations for an assignment. Now there's no worry about not having a camera on the computer. They can just use the one on their phone.

With the right apps and websites, students can watch educational videos, listen to podcasts, and even take online courses. This can be a great and fun way to supplement a student's regular curriculum and give them the extra boost they need to really understand a certain topic.

The benefits the phones bring to the educational experience are undeniable. Of course, as with any technology, it's important for parents to have a significant discussion about using the phones appropriately within guidelines set by themselves and the school.

Cell phones allow easy communication with parents and teachers

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Cell phones are also a great way for young people to stay in touch with their teachers and parents. Cell phones are making teacher and student communication easier, which does wonders for learning. From improved collaboration to educational apps, it's plain to see that cell phones can and do foster learning. Thanks to instant messaging and other communication apps, students can quickly text their teachers any questions or concerns they may have regarding a certain assignment or issue. Similarly, parents can text their children to check in on their academic progress and ensure that they are on track with their schoolwork.

Cell phones can also be used for students to stay organized and up to date on events, deadlines, and other important school-related activities. Using a cell phone in school can be a great way for students to stay connected, organized, and informed. By giving students access to the internet and allowing them to stay in touch with their teachers, parents, and peers, cell phones can be a powerful tool in helping them achieve success in the classroom.

An easier way to take notes and stay motivated to study

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Not only are we seeing students using smartphones to now video record lectures, photograph instructor notes, and collaborate through cloud-based applications, but some instructors are starting to allow the students to research items of interest during a lecture or use Twitter to open a backchannel of conversation and enhance student participation and engagement.

A cellphone connected to Wi-Fi can motivate a student to actually do their work because they can access the world’s biggest library right then and there. If there is any confusion about something the teacher is teaching, they can get online, google it, watch some educational videos, and clarify things for themselves.

A mobile phone is a good time manager

Some students really enjoy studying and doing homework. Others, not a chance. The majority probably fall somewhere between these two extremes, but all can benefit from a scheduled time to study and complete their work, and an alarm set to remind them when projects are due, books need to be returned, etc. can help your student learn time management and keep them on task. While a sturdy paper calendar has its benefits, keeping your calendar on your phone allows you to really stay on top of things. Encourage your student to put due dates in the calendar on his or her phone, along with a note and an alarm set reminders them, and not only could they learn more they could also be far less stressed.

Learning Goes On Even When Out Of Class

Students no longer have to wait to use the one computer in the kitchen or a computer in the computer lab (remember those days?) to check things out. With mobile internet-enabled devices, they can research and read anywhere, any time. This means that learning goes on all the time, in and out of the school setting. Students no longer have to wait to use a computer or go to the library because with a smartphone, the world’s biggest library, the internet, is at their disposal.

In addition to reading, there are so many learning applications in the app stores for students at all levels in school. This means that a student can get extra help right from their phone by using an app for the subject they’re struggling with. Even better, most of these apps are free, or available for a nominal price. Beyond apps, there are many subject matter forums available to students via smartphone and a plethora of social media communities that can connect students to experts in a variety of subjects.

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While there are many different types of students, there’s one undeniable fact about all of them: they love technology. Encourage your student to use technology – their smartphone – to help with their school work and they will. The upshot is that good grades mean a brighter future. Something we all want for our kids.

If you’re having difficulty providing your student the smartphone necessary to achieve that, look to Life Wireless for help. That’s what we’re here for.

Life Wireless offers government subsidized free cellular service through the Affordable Connectivity Program to qualifying individuals and families. And, if you’re unemployed or participate in a government benefit program such as SNAP, Medicaid, Federal Public Housing Assistance, SSI, or WIC, you already qualify for this federally funded free cellular service. It’s not difficult to qualify for free cellular service from Life Wireless, if you meet certain requirements, and it takes just a few minutes to complete the application.

About the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

As we mentioned above, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a government benefit program operated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that provides discounts on monthly broadband Internet access service. ACP benefits may be obtained from any participating provider of your choice including Life Wireless. Only one member of a household can participate in the program and the service cannot be transferred to another family member or individual.

If you’re approved for Lifeline and you sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), you get two sources of free talk, text, and unlimited data that you can split between two phones. That means free cell service for you and free cell service for someone you love. Like your student. This is a terrific opportunity to provide him or her with talk, text, unlimited data, the ability to stay in touch with you, and access to the biggest library in the world: the internet.

Even if you’re paying just $20 a month for cell service, wouldn’t it be great to have that $240 to spend on groceries? If you apply for Lifeline and are approved, you’ll receive:

  • FREE Unlimited Talk & Text

  • FREE 15GB Data (+ more data for California residents)

  • FREE Smartphone (or bring your own)

Life Wireless will make sure you receive the free talk, text, and unlimited data to help you stay connected.

For questions about Life Wireless, visit our Contact Us page here. To enroll now, use the Life Wireless Online Enrollment form.

Fast facts about Life Wireless

Yes, you can add more minutes and data!

You can purchase additional minutes or data one of the following ways:

  • Go to www.LifeWireless.com and click "Add Minutes/Data"

  • If you have a smart phone, go to your MyLifeWireless app and click "Add Minutes".

  • Call Customer Service at 1-888-543-3620, or by dialing 611 on your Life Wireless phone.

  • You can also go to any Moneygram location and use Receive Code: 7924

Yes, you can track your minutes!

Your minutes replenish each month on your anniversary date before end of the day. For example if you signed up and received your minutes on the 12th of the month, your minutes will replenish every month on the 12th of the month.

You can check your account balance the following ways:

  • Go to www.LifeWireless.com and click "My Account"

  • Go to your MyLifeWireless app on your phone, and click "Check Balance"

  • Call Customer Service at 1-888-543-3620, or by dialing 611 on your Life Wireless phone.

Yes, you can keep your current phone number!

If your application is approved, you have the option to keep your current phone number.

Once you receive your Life Wireless phone in the mail, call Life Wireless Customer Service at 1-888-543-3620 and a representative will assist you in keeping your current number. Make sure that you don't call from your Lifeline phone and have your account number and password from your previous carrier handy.

What our customers are saying:     

"Life Wireless has been great. I have used it so many times for appointments and finding the proper care providers for my needs as well as for my family's needs. Thank you so much Life Wireless!" Rebecca L., KY

Without this phone I would be lost. It has helped me stay in contact with my daughter’s specialist. I schedule her appointments and they can call back if there are any complications with her results. Thank you, Life Wireless.” Amanda Z., PA
“I've been looking for apartments, doctor’s offices, and school phone numbers, and my data provided has been a tremendous help in gaining access to this information. I'm very grateful for this service.” Maria R. AZ

Don’t wait. Your future and the future of your student depends on access to the thousands of resources available on the internet.

Apply for free wireless service now. You’ll be glad you did.



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