With Pocket Points, students can choose to power-off their phones to get discounts at local eateries and shops

Technology is an amazing educational tool, but when it comes to the classroom, it can be quite a distraction. Instead of engaging in classroom discussion and debate, students are getting sidetracked by their laptops and cellphones. In order to break this pattern, two Chico State students have developed Pocket Points, an app that awards students with points for not using cell phones during class.

According to the founders, the app is a “win-win-win,” benefiting students, professors, and local businesses. Students open the app before class starts, lock their phones, and then points add up as long as the phone stays locked. For professors, the app helps them monitor technology use without having to worry about sanctions and classroom interruptions. And the students are motivated to take notes and interact with classmates.

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