A war has been raging in classrooms for years, a war, whose loosing side's battle cry is "put your phones away", that can not be won. Sure, teachers may win small battles, but they will never win the war. Why do we fight this war? Do we fear distraction, loss of "control", or even the recognition that many answers students seek can be found online? All are valid concerns, kind of, but the reality is students are distracted without cell phones, "control" should be low on our list of priorities, and if they can find the answer on google, we are asking the wrong questions.
Why not embrace phones.....gasp. Take a moment to recover. Why is this so difficult to fathom? Many teachers use them during PD meetings, staff meetings, or even during class after telling students to put theirs away. With smart phone resources like remind 101, polleverywhere, and worldwiki, we can stop the battle of the cell phones and embrace their use for learning. Plenty more to come on this topic......
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