Technology Update

Revisiting Cell Phone Bans in Schools

By David Raths

School officials continue to debate the use or non-use of cell phones in schools.   More and more classrooms are opening up to the use of cell phones to engage students (and parents) in the learning process.   Cell phones can provide a cheaper alternative to “clicker devices.” Publishing companies are using text-based preparation questions, and “recent research has demonstrated that using texting to provide students and parents with regular information about classwork leads to higher assignment completion rates.”

While it is true that cell phones can be used to cheat, text in class, and for cyber-bullying, the author quotes Dr. Kevin Thomas as noting “mobile phones themselves are not causing these problems. They (the problems) are moral and ethical in nature, not technical. These are new forms of old behaviors.”    Read this full technology update article @ The Journal