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What Do We Do About Cellphones in Classrooms?

Jayne Miller wrote this on Nov 13, 2015

 

What do we do about cellphones in classrooms? Do we fight them? Do we embrace them? Do we use them for good?

We recently argued that an all-out ban of phones is schools was a missed opportunity. But it struck us as interesting that in the last week we read the headlines "How to Get Students to Stop Using Their Cellphones in Class" and "This Teacher Learned to Stop Fighting Cellphones in the Classroom" side-by-side.

These pieces cover perspectives from high school and college environments, each offering valuable points for and against devices. (Feel free to keep the great phone debate going in the comments.)

Some other good edtech pieces this week, including an article about using drones in the classroom. (I'm not making this up. Drones.) This good stuff and more below.

 How To Get Students To Stop Using Their Cellphones In Class | nprED

This teacher learned to stop fighting cellphones in the classroom | Los Angeles Times

Hold on tight: Innovation in education requires support and connections if it is to survive | The Hechinger Report

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning | MindShift

How to Assess Innovation - a Case Study Approach to Teacher Evaluation Systems | Education Week

7 Ways to Use Drones in the Classroom | Edutopia

Does Education Need a Software Update? | Finding Common Ground

A Million Programmers? How About a Billion Problem Solvers! | Huffington Post Education


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