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Students Want Interactive Teachers to Keep Them off Technology

But a majority of the instructors feel that banning technology in class is not an answer

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FILE - Fifth grader Ashlynn De Filippis, left, solves math problems on the DreamBox system as teacher Heather Dalton, center rear, works with other students in class at Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton, Connecticut, Sept. 20, 2018.
Students feel it is the professors’ responsibility to ensure they do not surf the web or use social media in classrooms, a study suggests.
For the study, published in the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, researchers surveyed 478 undergraduates and 36 instructors on their perception of technology use in class.
“While students felt that it was their choice to use the technology, they saw it as the instructors’ responsibility to motivate them not to use it,” said Elena Neiterman, Professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
“Some students said that instructors need to be more entertaining to keep students engaged in the classroom, but this is a big task, given that we are not employed in the entertainment industry,” she said.
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FILE – Students surf the internet in their dorm room at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., April 24. (VOA)
Nine per cent of the students found course materials on other’s laptop as distracting while 49 per cent found non-course materials on others screens were distracting them.
During the study, instructors saw technology as useful for providing accessible education, but it was also distracting for them – 68 per cent were bothered by the use of phones in the classroom.
Only 32 per cent were bothered by the use of laptops and tablets, probably because they assume that laptops and tablets are used by students for class work.
Some instructors also reported that off-task technology not only affected student learning but also hindered their own ability to teach effectively.
But a majority of the instructors feel that banning technology in class is not an answer. (IANS)

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Xiaomi Smartphones Sold in India are Made in The Country Itself

Xiaomi phones in India are manufactured mainly by Taiwanese giant Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd

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Xiaomi said it has also started exporting phones made in India to Bangladesh and Nepal. Wikimedia Commons

Almost all of the phones that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi sells in India are made in the country, a top company executive said here on Monday, stressing that ‘make in India’ Xiaomi smartphones are now being exported to other countries too, though at a small scale.

“About 99 per cent of the phones sold in India are made in the country. We make three phones per second,” Muralikrishnan B, Chief Operating Officer, Xiaomi India, told reporters here.

Xiaomi phones in India are manufactured mainly by Taiwanese giant Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd.

The manufacturing is being done at Xiaomi’s two facilities — one at the Sri City special economic zone in Andhra Pradesh and the other at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

Xiaomi said it has also started exporting phones made in India to Bangladesh and Nepal.

“We have started exporting to these two countries at a small scale. With more government incentives, we plan to scale up the export of ‘make in India’ phones,” Muralikrishnan noted.

“We will have to see if we can manage the entire logistics. Ultimately, we will have to realise that cost efficiency also matters,” he added.

The COO of India’s biggest smartphone seller said that there are various issues hindering export of its ‘make in India’ products to other countries including certification issues and low rate of duty drawbacks.

“BIS certification is not accepted in many parts of the world. If the government can make BIS certification accepted in countries in Europe, it would help us scale,” he said, adding that India has a lot to learn from Vietnam in terms of incentivising domestic manufacturing.

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Almost all of the phones that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi sells in India are made in the country, a top company executive said here on Monday, stressing that ‘make in India’ Xiaomi smartphones are now being exported to other countries too, though at a small scale. Pixabay

About 65 per cent of Xiaomi phone components are also sourced from within the country.

“In terms of manufacturing, the progress that India has made in the past 5 years is phenomenal,” said Foxconn India Country Manager Josh Foulger.

Besides initiatives under ‘Make in India’, the corporate tax relief and improvement in ease of doing business have helped a lot, he added.

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Significantly, all the operators at Foxconn’s Sri City facility for Xiaomi are women. The facility employs over 15,000 people. (IANS)