In creating a learning society, technology can be amazingly helpful. Billions of people in the world carry around a device in their pocket that can connect them, literally, with billions of other people around the globe and give them access to billions and billions of pages of information, pictures, videos, courses and other learning adventures.

We often call cell phones communication devices. Yes, they are, but rather see them as learning devices. Communication and media are already “mobile” – well, so is learning. They are also transformative in the sense that it gives greater control to the learner and transfers power from teacher to student.

Should students have access to cell phones in the classroom is a question debated in many countries. The answer is self-evident. Of course they should. But – and there is a big But – in the classroom the key is always leadership, purpose and structure. Without that, nothing works, not even a “smartphone”.