I’m not a big fan of student cellphone use in class (though, a year after originally writing this post, my thinking is evolving and I’m cautiously incorporating their use), and my posts about them have reflected that perspective. These days, I think they’re more of an asset than a problem, especially in a school like ours that has challenges to technology access. Yes, students can sometimes use them inappropriately during class. But, when I think of all the other challenges facing our urban school, there are about a zillion other ones I think are bigger ones than student cellphones.
However, I like to think I have a relatively open mind about many things. So, though I’m starting off this list with my negative posts about them, I hope readers will contribute other posts that may or may not agree with mine. If you’re going to suggest ones on the “pro”-side, though, I request that they be ones that portray a realistic view. In other words, I’ve seen some pretty idyllic posts about how students have used them with exceptional results, but have not included any indications of challenges they’ve experienced, as well.
Here is a beginning list of The Best Posts On Student Cellphone Use In Class:
Here’s a thoughtful post from Larry Cuban’s blog.
6 Reasons to Put Your Phone Away is a great infographic.
Do Smartphones Have a Place in the Classroom? is from The Atlantic and is by Paul Barnwell.
Fomo, stress and sleeplessness: are smartphones bad for students? is from The Guardian.
France grapples with whether to ban cellphones in schools is from NBC News. The article covers a lot of ground.
France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students? is from The NY Times.
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