Students worldwide are increasingly bringing cellphones and other mobile technology to class. This article shares four examples of how such technology can improve education, including focusing on inquiry-based learning, allowing teachers to "flip the classroom," reinventing the textbook and teaching hard-to-reach communities. While mobile technology is scarce in some parts of the world, teachers in Pakistan have begun text-messaging quizzes to students, and educators in the Philippines and Tanzania are using phones to add video to instruction.

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