Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Lets not ban phones - rather use their potential..

A brief article caught my eye recently - teachers chatting away on phones during lessons in India and thereby distracting students. Obviously that is bonkers, but as we get more into 21st century learning styles all round the world - wouldn't it be just so much better for the teachers to be trained to use their phones to demonstrate the real potential and power of them to their students instead of banning them?

Several schools still ban phones for students - but who are we kidding? The reality is that the students still do have them, but secreted away. Lets just admit that they exist and see if we can create the right climate for students in schools to be able to use them to help their own learning. As Professor Heppell always says: " a turned off device is a turned off child". Can't argue with that really.

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