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Ms. Julie wrote, "They must

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Ms. Julie wrote, "They must learn through natural and logical consequences." So unlike my full time counterpart, I let my students play on their cell phones if they so wish, while some use it to check on online dictionaries (which is great). Ultimately, they will see the consequences of their action as I give daily quizzes of what I have covered in class.

History and Science Individualized Instructor from St. Louis, MO

I find your thoughts to be

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I find your thoughts to be informative.

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Randy, I think your

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Randy,
I think your goal;'What I am trying to make is fully-formed, functional adults' is extremely important. By not adapting as teachers, we are not only making our job harder but, also doing our students a huge disservice. It is no wonder the college administrators are all complaining about the incoming students. More and more they have been coddled through high school, by restrictions that do not allow them to rise up and make appropriate decisions of their own accord.
If we continue to 'protect' students by regulating their behavior they are stifled. They must learn through natural and logical consequences.
Julie

jenny matts (not verified)

i love texting in class.

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i love texting in class. makes me happy. I get 75,000 text in a month. I text in school every block and every minute. We should be able to use our phone cause the teachers in my school text behind the desk. Like just let us text and be happy. TEXT ON. TEXT ON! ! ! ! ! (-^_^-).

nathan (not verified)

Cell phones at school

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Yes,because they could use them during emergencies, but with teacher's guide lines.

Viktorya (not verified)

okay. Well my thought is

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okay. Well my thought is that if you can pass notes in class its just the same as a cell phone. sure you cant take pictures but you can draw them. you cant browse the internet but you can talk non stop. plus notes are more convinient because they dont wast money. just time. Cells waist time and money. but its not the schools so I dont think that it matters. If they choose to fail the grade and get held back thats their decision. not the principals. I text in class all the time. Its just easier than notes. but its basicly the same.... you can still give each others answers with notes. I just think that teachers should lighten up. I mean, if they had cells when they were young as handy as ours today... they would use them just as we are. I personally dont think that its a problem. Again text in class, choose to fail, your choice. I'm going to continue to text. I love it. But I pay attention to things too.
Virginia Malone (not verified)

I think all of the responses

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I think all of the responses are correct. The great thing about American education is its diversity. As a student you get teachers who are "with it" and those who are never "in touch." Some are good, others just plain awful. You have teachers who love you, teachers who teach you, teachers who stretch you, teachers who are picky, teachers who are sloppy, teachers who make you sad and those that make you glad, teachers who care, and teachers who don't. You learn something from each one. So bring on the i pods and the paper. After all this is the kind of American education that gave us Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and maybe even you. It teaches us to be flexible. It forces us to learn how to get along with all kinds of "bosses," and somewhere along with way we actually learn something. Somehow, I don't think it can be all that bad to have teachers with strict rules and those with few, some with pencil sharpeners and some with cell phones.
anonomus (not verified)

I am a student and i think

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I am a student and i think that ron hit the nail on the head an was right e
Stephanie M. (not verified)

Are we concerned about the

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Are we concerned about the method of communication or the intrusiveness? Seems to me the issue is not about the way we communicate as much as it is the quality of experience that we want to communicate. If curriculum is engaging and brings out the creative spirit of the individual, then sharing that excitement naturally will happen and I believe when a child is engaged in learning, they will want to stay with their expereince and not jump into the most convenient distration. Seeing a student as a person also brings forth the need to understand their emotional need for contact and connectedness. Technology is making the virtual space for a phenominal emotional sense of community. The task of educators is to give them something of meaning to talk or text or email about.
Sheila Moore (not verified)

I found an interesting use

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I found an interesting use for cellphones with my class. We are studying erosion and erosion control in Honors Earth Science. To bring relevance to the topic, we talk about how this affects the landscaping or our own school setting. I divided the class into groups and each group used a cellphone(s) to take pictures of examples of erosion and erosion control on different areas of the campus. Students were to find at least 10 images to share and be ready to explain or defend why they were included. We went on an outdoor trek and happily clicked away. It was great. They were very anxious to get outside and complete the task...and were equally anxious to share their findings.
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