What Device Should Be Available For Children At School, If Any? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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Last week we asked you if you actually use icon emoticons, or emoji, in your emails and chats. Despite my expectations, the votes were divided almost equally between the five available answers. One of the options, however, managed to come on top. Which one do you think it is?

Out of 280 votes in total, the votes were divided as follows: 15% use emoji every chance they get, 16% use them very rarely, 18.5% never use emoji at all, 23.5% use them occasionally, when the mood strikes, and 27% use them sometimes, when they’re really better than words.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

According to the comments, many readers think the same of emoji: they’re nice sometimes, and can help express emotions and clarify meanings, but don’t belong in professional emails, or emails in general. Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by Rajaa Chowdhury, who won 150 points!

This week’s poll question is: What Device Should Be Available For Children At School, If Any?

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This week’s poll is inspired by an interesting discussion we recently had on MakeUseOf Answers. Joseph Videtto asked what devices would be best for classroom use in a school, and received some interesting answers. More answers to this question were posted on our Twitter account, and made me think about the issue further. Each generation had access to different classroom devices while growing up. In my school, we had Windows 3.11 desktop clients running on a network. Nowadays, many schools offer laptops, or even tablets. Which do you think is the best device for classroom use? Or maybe these devices only serve as a distraction?

Why is the device you voted for the best option? Why should schools offer or not offer access to these devices, and at what capacity? Discuss in the comments.

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