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Is There Room for Smartphones in Class?

by Tori Pakizer

Simple K12

Article excerpt

Tech in the Classroom – Are We There Yet?

These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single occupation in the Western world that doesn’t involve some understanding of technology. But are you really as forward thinking as you believe?

Our take

Students Have Phones—Will You Let Them Use Them?

Today’s students are increasingly armed with cell phones—most of the smartphone variety. Generally, the use of these phones in the classroom is frowned upon, both at the K-12 and higher ed levels. But, is it time to embrace, rather than ban, cell phones in the classroom?

This author thinks so and make a compelling case for why it might not be such a bad idea. Since students have smartphones and know how to use them quite effectively, they could prove a natural tool for getting them to engage in appropriate ways with online content. At a minimum, it’s worth consideration.