Should cell phones be allowed at school?

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Kenn Agata (not verified)

Cell phones, just as any

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Cell phones, just as any other emerging technology which allows increasingly sophisticated levels of near-instantaneous communication, can be seen either as an intrusion or an asset, because, in reality, it is both. I agree with those who see the "glass half full" in terms of how to harness its power in school. The rewards and consequences for its use within school need to be consistently applied. Burying one's head in the sand and/or having a gut reaction is useless.
Diane Demée-Benoit (not verified)

Before the conversation goes

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Before the conversation goes too far, please note that there are two other postings in the edutopia Spiral Notebook blog on the subject of cell phones in school. You may be interested in reading what's been posted in the ongoing conversations before you weigh in. In his post, A Pencil Is a Word Processor, Ron Smith says, "...Most teachers are well aware of cell phones — mostly as a nuisance in class, where educators spend a lot of time taking them away from students. Well, you wouldn't take their pencils away, so why confiscate cell phones? Instead of taking them away, I started leveraging them as tools for my classes...". In Ron's second posting, The Ringing, he talks more about the cell phone's text messaging feature and how it allows him to connect with his students. I agree with Ron's overall strategies and he seems to have control over what's happening in his classroom. In one of his responses to comments he says, "...the issue is not the cell phone, but courtesy. I treat my students with courtesy, they treat me with courtesy, and I expect them to treat each with courtesy. What I am trying to make is fully-formed, functional adults. It seems to me that if I want them to act like adults, then I should treat them that way. I believe that students will do whatever you expect them to do. Expect them to be wild and rude, they will be. Expect them to act like ladies and gentlemen, and they will." Can't say it any better than that.
Linda Wagner (not verified)

I think students and parents

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I think students and parents ought to be included in the formation of the usage guidelines - not just the teachers. Sharing in the dialogue should help alleviate negative perceptions by all parties, and most importantly, provide "ownership" and support for the resultant guidelines.
David Stong (not verified)

Not only should they be

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Not only should they be allowed, they should be required- and furnished by the school if needed. They are an up and coming technology- totally adaptable and usable in an academic environment. Embrace them. Have students use them to take photos of project related things to upload to Flickr. Call each other to discuss team projects. Text message quiz answers to teachers. Call odeo to record podcasts. Come on Bloomberg, join the 21rst century.
May Winiarski (not verified)

Our school system came to a

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Our school system came to a descision after fighting to ban them from our schools. Phones are allowed on campus, but have to be powered off, not on silent and not on vibrate, during the entire intructional time. We have had teachers injured from confiscating phones, administrators overwhelmed with returning the phones to parents, and parents upset over the safety of their children. It is a new world and we have to find new ways to preserve and maintain the learning atmosphere.
Ray M (not verified)

When "guidelines" are

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When "guidelines" are provided, there is ALWAYS going to be an interpretation of those guidelines. The only giudeline that can be effective is to "turn it off, until you leave the building." NO MEANS NO... simple...not confusing and provides no room for "...but I was just_____"
Mark (not verified)

I would be curious to know

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I would be curious to know if those people who voted for banning them were actually saying that they are banning the student from even having them in their bags. In my opinion there are too many advantages to having a cell phone than disadvantages. If a cell phone goes off in class, after telling students at the beginning of the year to make sure that the ringers are off before they enter the classroom, I just tell them to turn it off and class resumes. I never have a problem with the cell phone issue.
sarah (not verified)

you think i can live

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you think i can live without mine.you think i actually can?well guess again.! i dont bring it to school so who cares.i kno i can live without but still. i love it!~~~~~~~~~~~~
sarah (not verified)

how will we ever live

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how will we ever live without one?!!\
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