Their Instagram-based homework assignments show how smartphones can be used appropriately in the classroom.

As smartphone culture rapidly takes over classrooms and the attention of young students, educators are beginning to realize that digital interference is not only unavoidable but also a potentially rich source of bonding experiences and learning activities.

Web artists and designers Giorgio Mininno and Giovanni Fredi held a Computer Art course at the LABA international Academy of Arts, based in Ningbo, China. They were faced with a double challenge: not only was there a significant language barrier between themselves and the students, but these young kids were all smartphone addicts. To create relevance between the students and the curriculum, they concluded that the key was visual communication.

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