When one school district in the greater Washington D.C. area decided to get more relaxed about cell phones, it apparently went all the way – not only allowing their use in the hallways and cafeteria, but the classroom too.Seriously, how does a cell phone help in a math class?
But using smartphones in the classroom doesn’t mean students will be able text, surf, talk or access media, as most teens do for much of their waking hours. Instead, the district is joining a growing wave of schools using wireless devices -- in particular, phones -- as teaching and learning tools. link
Maybe I’m just lucky and have all the technology I need, but I’m just not seeing it. And if you think kids *will* stay on task if the teacher just dances around and is entertaining enough, you’re clearly not spending enough time with teenagers. If you think they can be *taught* appropriate manners, remember that they’ll be taught these manners by the same people who tune out with their phones during faculty meetings.