‘For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so’ (Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2). That is also the case with mobile phones. In many schools, students are not allowed to use them in class, which turns this device in a kind of forbidden fruit. Their appeal is, thus, enhanced.
A wiser approach is to integrate them into learning activities. What other activity can be more suitable for that than reading? Teenagers have been dubbed ‘screenagers’ for a reason, so asking them to read online magazine articles of their choice on the displays of their mobile phones seems a straightforward thing to do. Reading is then followed by summarizing main ideas, looking up new words and phrases in an online dictionary (wwww.dictionary.cambridge.org) and a personalized discussion.
‘And it must follow, as the night the day’ (Hamlet, Act 1, scene 3) that reading could become a habit