Effect of Smartphones in Classroom on Student Performance

A new paper with Zhe Deng, Aaron Chen and Paul Pavlou (Fox Temple) studies the effect of allowing smartphones into the classroom on the performance of students. Our preliminary results show that allowing these devices in the class at will reduces performance but if they are actively used as part of the learning experience then performance increases. We show that this result arises not necessarily from a reallocation of time to distracting vs. learning activities but from the nature of the distraction and of the learning that smartphones propel. Stay tuned for the working version of this paper, which will be available soon.