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just a teacher

They might as well learn responsible use in my classroom

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It's difficult for teachers to embrace students' use of these phones in the classroom because it's tough to let go of control. However, Pew Research also revealed that students in schools with restrictive cell-phone-use policies and students in schools with liberal cell-phone-use policies were spending the same amount of time on their cell phones. Texting is too important a part of young people's lives: we can try to wedge ourselves between them, but that's a losing battle.

Teaching students responsible use, even if that use is NOT as relevant to whatever's going on in the classroom as with the examples in this article, seems to be a must. I tell my students to keep their phones on the desks in front of them. When a call or text message comes in, they are encouraged to give it a quick look and to assess whether or not that's a good moment to send a reply. The grownups around them (including all their teachers) do the same thing multiple times a day. Most of us have learned to manage the technology; why aren't we teaching THEM to manage it the same way?

Chef Instructor working with 10th, 11th & 12th graders; Wilmington, DE

Embracing the technology seems to be such a slow mover

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Cell phone use in class can be an effective, relevant medium. Yet, so many educators are reticent to even consider the platform, let alone embrace it. It strikes me that proverbially burying one’s head in the sand over cell phone usage is not unlike alienating calculator users twenty-five years ago or ball point pen usage in class fifty years go. PollEverywhere has been a long-employed staple in my classroom; what a fantastic way to allow students a little of that ‘angst relief’ of not being able to text while incorporating an assessment tool that is effective and energizing. Seems to me that we need to move forward and not dwell on a past when information only came from books and worksheets.

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