Alright, the title of this topic says it all… It’s 2017 and where do we stand on cell phones? It seems as if schools went from all out bans to “school appropriate” or “school allowed” uses of cell phones in the classroom, and I am wondering how other people feel about smart phones in school? I have been talking with a number of teachers (both local and in California), and most seem to say the same thing, that cell phones are a huge distraction and that they detract from the learning environment more than they add to it.
More and more research seems to signal that students perform worse on tests, assignments, and even participation when they have access to a smartphone. It is nearly impossible to tell when students are using cell phones for legitimate use, and I find myself constantly circulating the classroom and reminding students to stay on task and off social media sites. My school site has discussed everything from trying a renewed smartphone prohibition to using coupons that allow for a few minutes of unrestricted use in a given class period. I was wondering if anyone has heard of, read about, or has had success with a groundbreaking approach to monitoring cell phone use in school? Or, just where do you stand on cell phone use in class?