These reading passages and question sets examine the history and current state of the smart mobile phones.

A smart phone is basically a phone and computer in one. Most smart phones are capable of using all features of the Internet and most networks as if they were any other computer. The modern smart phone is touch screen based and requires very little manipulation to get the job done. Computer programs have taken a new form or life on smart phones; they are referred to as "apps" and are mostly self contained.

Do you allow phones in your classroom? Does your school allow them? They can be a blessing and a curse depending on the situation.

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The History of the Smart Phone

The late 1990s saw the rise in popularity of the PDA, or Personal Digital Assistant. Examples included the Palm Pilot, the Handspring, and the Apple Newton.

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QUESTIONS: The History of the Smartphone

Why was the Blackberry so successful?

Smartphones in the Classroom

More and more schools are implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, allowing students to use their smartphones in the classroom as a learning aid.

QUESTIONS: Smartphones in the Classroom

What are some ways that students are using their smartphones positively for school?

Smartphones Improving Healthcare

There are over 16,000 apps available which offer disease-specific, information, medication reminders and side-effect information, and communication with healthcare providers and/or insurance companies.

QUESTIONS: Smartphones Improving Healthcare

What problem in the healthcare industry could use of smartphones solve?

Debunking Myths about Smartphones

Christopher J. Ferguson, Professor of Psychology at Stetson University in Florida, disagrees with a lot of the negative things that are said about smartphones.

QUESTIONS: Debunking Myths about Smartphones

Why did 28 scholars write a critical open letter to the World Health Organization?

Smartphones and Attention Span

Is there a correlation between smartphone use and attention span? A recent study draws upon the results of two experiments measuring how frequently subjects used their smartphones purposely and how much they used it without any specific purpose in mind.

QUESTIONS: Smartphones and Attention Span

What did researchers in the referenced experiments hypothesize?

Do Smartphones Cause Brain Drain?

At the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas, 800 subjects participated in several experiments designed to gauge whether just the presence of a smartphone can reduce our ability to concentrate.

QUESTIONS: Do Smartphones Cause Brain Drain?

Participants were divided randomly into three groups. What instructions were given to each group?

Is Your Smartphone Spying on You?

Companies may be tracking your movements using your smartphone's GPS capabilities. Data about where you go and what you purchase is extremely valuable to companies, because they can use this information to serve ads to their target customers - those most likely to purchase their products or services.

QUESTIONS: Is Your Smartphone Spying on You?

If you are concerned about your smartphone spying on you, then you can do what?

Are Smartphones Making Teens Miserable?

In September 2017, psychologist Jean M. Twenge wrote an article for The Atlantic magazine called "Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?" It focuses on those born between 1995 and 2012, a generation that Twenge calls "iGen." Twenge says that teens are living increasingly more and more of their lives on their phones, and they are far more psychologically vulnerable than teens have ever been before.

QUESTIONS: Are Smartphones Making Teens Miserable?

What kinds of changes have taken place in how teens socialize in the past several decades?

The Selfie Phenomenon

Personalities, pop stars, and politicians are all doing it. Selfies are even being taken in space. Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide snapped his image at the International Space Station.

QUESTIONS: The Selfie Phenomenon

What technology has given anyone and everyone the ability to take a selfie?

What Do Smartphones Have in Common with Processed Food?

A recent study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that teens who spent more than five hours a day in front of screens were 43% more likely to be obese.

QUESTIONS: Are Smartphones Dangerous for Teen Health?

What do the makers of processed food have in common with tech designers?