Learn2luvcell: A Powerful Multipurpose Mechanism for Learning. Query most secondary school teachers on the subject of cell phones, and you're likely to get an impassioned rant about the device's insidious ability to provoke distraction in the classroom.
All that giggly sub rosa texting not only robs students of attentiveness, they say, but also presents an inveterate disciplinary problem. It's why most school districts have strict cell phone policies, and most teachers are grateful for it. But some forward-looking educators have begun to push the subversive idea that the high tech wizardry of mobile phones can be a powerful multipurpose mechanism for learning. Podcasts, video interviews, polling, quizzes, even homework assignments, can all be accomplished via cell phone to enhance students' learning experience, while the phone can also act as a versatile electronic aid to the teacher.
Kolb cites the example of a student studying ecosystems in science class. This could prove a hard sell to teachers who see cells only as a bane to good order. Determining the Effects of Technology on Children.
Citation: Hatch, Kristina E., "Determining the Effects of Technology on Children" (2011). Senior Honors Projects. Paper 260. – estherpepin
More schools allowing students to bring smart phones, tablets to the classroom. At a school district outside Chicago, students participated in a French class by using cellphones to call classmates and speak with them in French.
And when school starts this fall at Mason High School near Cincinnati, students like Mrudu Datla will pack iPads and iPhones in their backpacks. "(Using technology in everyday life is) not that new to us because we grew up with technology," Datla, a sophomore, said. Although schools have traditionally banned or limited cellphones in the classroom, 73% of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers said their students use phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, according to a Pew Research Center study released in February.
"Teachers are starting to take advantage of the opportunities of cellphones in the classroom," said George Fornero, superintendent of Township High School District 113, located outside Chicago, whose school system has begun allowing its students use cellphones. Cell Phones in the Classroom: What’s Your Policy? April 15, 2013 By: Sydney Fulbright, PhD in Effective Classroom Management Are we old fuddy-duddies when we ask (demand) students to put away their cell phones in the classroom or clinical areas?
Students tell me this is just the way it is now, but I disagree. I teach courses in health sciences. Students practice in the hospitals, interacting with and caring for real patients. Research has indicated that student performance is significantly correlated with cell phone use. So what is the answer to this new form of passing notes in class? Do Cell Phones Belong in the Classroom? Mobile devices are ubiquitous in American high schools, and their use is harder to regulate than old-fashioned note passing.
But here's why teachers should be paying closer attention. Two U.S. high school students compete in the LG Mobile Worldcup Texting Championship. According to a Pew study, American teenage girls send an average of 100 messages a day. (Reuters) If you were to drop in on most any American high school these days, what would you see? Cell phones in the classroom - By Liz Kolb.
Citation: Sharma, R. r. (2012). Cell phones in the classroom - By Liz Kolb. British Journal Of Educational Technology, 43(5), E147-E148. – estherpepin
Cellphones in the Classroom: Distraction or Tool? The final version of the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) was released last week, setting forth the Obama Administration's plan for improving access to and integration of technologies for teaching and learning.
Among the recommendations the Department of Education makes in the NETP is a call for support for "efforts to ensure that all students and educators have 24/7 access to the Internet via devices, including mobile devices, and that states, districts, and schools adopt technologies and policies to enable leveraging the technology that students already have. " The push for "24/7 access to the Internet" falls under another the auspices of yet another endeavor, the National Broadband Plan. But the call for better access to Internet-ready devices, particularly utilizing tools the students already possess is an interesting one. Cell Phones at School: The Debate of Legitimacy. <<< Christian School Solutions Articles On at least one school issue, many parents find themselves agreeing with their children rather than their teachers: that is the permissible use of cell phones at school.
Many parents and students vigorously support the legitimacy of allowing cell phones in the classroom, but most teachers still oppose the practice. The truth is that cell phones, with all the technology associated, have become a pervasive element in every aspect of American culture, and it’s an issue schools must address. Proponents on both sides of the issue advance compelling arguments. Dialing Disaster.pdf.
Engel, George, and Tim Green. "Cell Phones in the Classroom: Are We Dialing up Disaster?." TechTrends. March 2011: 39-45. SIRS Researcher. Web. 03 Oct 2011. – estherpepin
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