Should cell phone use be allowed in schools? Molly and Zack
The Issue • Pro-Phones - litany of tools and learning activities accessible to students using cell phones • Anti-Phones - distracting and difficult to regulate, digital divide
Our Position Cell phone use should be allowed in schools to enhance learning goals. However, teachers should thoroughly explain their expectations for student cell phone use and make clear to students that those who do not use their cell phones for approved purposes will have their phones confiscated.
Why Cell Phones Should be Allowed • Increase school safety during emergencies (Higgins, USA Today) • Offer a variety of educational tools for students to use in the classroom (Walling, Techtrends) • A complete ban on cell phone use leads to distracted students (Gonzalez, NPR) • Administrators can focus on bigger issues (Higgins, USA Today) Image Source: http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/magazine/images/features/fall-2011/students-cell-phones.jpg
Why Phones Should not be Allowed • NEA Today article: not all teachers will understand how to teach effectively with BYOD policies. • Is it rhetoric or research that supports BYOD?
Recommendations • Make it clear what your expectations are for phone use. • Understand how the technology improves your content delivery. • You are within your legal rights to confiscate cell phones.
Questions? Image Source: http://thetigertimes.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/phones.jpg
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