To no educator’s surprise, a new study found that student cellphone use in the classroom hinder learning, especially for students who are experiencing the most challenges.
The research paper (not behind a paywall), Ill Communication: Technology, distraction & student performance, found that a cellphone ban was equal to an extra week of school.
I extremely skeptical of those kinds of quantitative projections. Nevertheless, it’s clear that our school’s new ban on cellphone use in the classroom has had a very positive impact on learning.
Though I still have to remind a fair number of students each day about the rule, there’s very little resistance – if no – resistance to “complying” after hearing my reminder. The number of those reminders are infinitesimal compared to the interventions I had to make last year.
Students are allowed to use their phones between classes and during lunch, and just have to keep cellphones in their backpacks. I can’t imagine the logistical issues involved where schools have students put them in locked pouches, and I also just feel better about trusting students to keep them.
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