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Can smartphones counterbalance student distraction and capture the attention and interest of students for learning in school? More and more students, at younger and younger ages, sport smartphones, and are eager to find exciting new apps. Schools and teachers are at a tipping point right now, in terms of whether to allow smartphones on campus.
Middle School Principal Heather Graham from Ottawa explains, in the Financial Post, the conundrum around smartphones in schools: “I have seen a number of those and there are wireless networks around here right? So who knows what they could be doing with that in class? There are very good educational uses for cellular phones. But so far, we’re sticking with: When you get on school property, the phone goes off.”
English teacher Heather Jankowski, in the Financial Post, notes the irony of banning smartphones, when schools are pushing for faster integration of technology:
“In a way it is sort of hypocritical, because we really push for use of technology in our classroom — with white boards and using projectors and the Internet and giving students access to all those things — yet at the same time we’ll turn our heads around and ban their use of [smartphones].”
Like with all new technologies, the question is how fast and how effectively can schools figure out ways for student learning to increase with the use of smartphones. Of course, one quick way is to lift bans and then see how students begin to create learning opportunities. For example, Droid App development is open, thanks to Google. Google’s Code University has introduced tutorials for students to be able to learn how to program and code. It would be great to see schools steer students to being creators instead of just consumers of media on smartphones.
In the same Financial Post article, Heather Jankowski seizes on the opportunities to learn from apps:
From Fear to Facebook: One School’s JourneyMatt Levinson has written a stimulating, provocative book about the educational opportunities and challenges posed by the new digital media. ---Howard Gardner
- From Fear to Facebook is an insider's view of the journey from peril to possibility with digital media in school communities. Matt Levinson gives a clear picture of how communities need to work together to create safe, innovative opportunities for kids to learn with digital media. From Fear to Facebook tells the story of the cultural shift happening in schools with technology and provides a road map for how to navigate this sea change with buy-in from all key stakeholders. The stories [Levinson] shares are grounded in the day-to-day challenges and opportunities that accompany digital media. From Fear to Facebook should be required reading for schools looking to figure out how to optimize technology to enhance teaching and learning. ---Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media
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