HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A mobile app called Pocket Points has come to the University of Southern Mississippi campus in an effort to keep students off their phone during class.
Pocket Points works by partnering with local and online businesses to offer student incentives, like free food or other discounted items, that students can earn when they don't use their mobile phone in the classroom.
Upon entering the classroom, student will lock their phone and Pocket Points will start collecting point for as long as the phone is locked. Those points can then be redeemed for discounts from the local and online businesses. Using advanced geolocation technology on the mobile phone, students can only earn points for attending class and locking their phone.
Through a partnership between Southern Miss and Pocket Points, students can now select USM when using the mobile app and enter the code "SMTTT" to earn bonus points for participation.