Phone Park was developed by Alexander Strand, a teacher at Himmelev High School in Roskilde, Denmark. The idea came from an acute need to stop students from checking their cell phones during class and has been tested in various schools and classrooms since 2013, with excellent results.
With a classroom phone holder students find it easier to concentrate, maintain better contact with the teacher and are more socially and academically interactive when they do not have physical access to their phones in the classroom.
The first prototype was built by hand by Alexander and tested as a classroom “experiment”, and subesequently a plastic model was put into production, which has been sold to over 600 schools in Denmark and abroad.
A break from social media
“My students seem almost addicted to their cell phones and are constantly checking social media. My first solution was to have them put their phones in their school bags but the phones somehow kept reappearing. And then I found myself reprimanding rather than teaching.” Rune Barløse Jensen, Social Science/Media, Himmelev High School.
Improved learning environment
“Phone Park is an effortless way to give students a much better chance of benefitting from classroom activities. And I can also see that the students interact more with each other, both in the classroom and outside.” Peter Ibsen Hansen, Chemistry/Math, Himmelev High School.