Are cell phones really all that bad in school?
I was intrigued by this post from our friends on the Gradebook blog about a Hillsborough School Board workshop where one member said out loud what I've been thinking for awhile now:
Speaking at a board workshop on Hillsborough's technology needs, Griffin said the district might be overlooking the reality that many students feel comfortable doing research, sharing information and - essentially - learning with the help of smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. She added of course that they need to learn etiquette so she was not advocating a free-for-all. Think of the cost savings if kids could bring their own ipads or use their own phones to look something up.
I think she has a point. As long as they aren't texting in class or using them when they aren't supposed to, I really don't see what's so bad about say, letting kids use them freely during lunchtime in the cafeteria. And by having students bring their own devices from home, it frees up the school's computers for other kids. It's kind of amazing how many kids have smartphones these days. By tying them into lessons it might help kids be more motivated and interested in the activity.
What do you think readers? Should they stay or should they go?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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