Cell phone use in schools

February 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm 1 comment

There have been some recent news articles about school board policies regarding cell phone use after “Earl Grey Senior Public School students were told this week that they would have to leave their cell phones in their lockers during and between classes starting Tuesday ” Toronto Star, February 18, 2017  Toronto school bans cellphones from class.

Read/view the Global News and CTV items on this.

In today’s print edition of the Star, reporter M. McQuigge included an article titled “School rethink cellphones in class” (p A7) or the online version “After years of trying to ban cellphones, many schools are now trying to make them work in the classroom” in which she refers to Thierry Karsenti, Canada Research chair on  Technologies in Education,  who says “the majority of schools he’s studied persist in fruitless bans against smartphones, edicts that students will inevitably ignore”

Looking for more information on this: Check out this 2012 article from The Atlantic Do Cell Phones belong in the Classroom or this 2016 Huffington Post article Why Phones Don’t Belong in School or from the Guardian in 2015 Schools that Ban Mobiles see Better Academic Results. 

The Professional Library has a book that might interest you –  Cell Phones in the classroom: A Practical Guide for Educators (2011, Liz Kolb).

Check it out – lots of content and opinions for some great debates. Rowan

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  • 1. Carol Ann Curnock  |  March 1, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Why do we continue to prepare students for the previous century,, instead of the one they are going to actually live in? Cell phones are here to stay and teachers and students can use them in hundreds of ways to support knowledge growth and skills development.
    Being afraid to say things like, well I don’t know either, let’s find out is rather pathetic actually

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