1. Kirsten

    Few things annoy me more than a blanket ban or directive, impacting the many as a result of the choices of a few. Also, if we are constantly telling students what to do, we are not engaging them in cognitively taking responsible decisions. How can they learn about appropriate use in an all out ban? Learn from history – Prohibition didn’t stop alcohol abuse, it just sent it underground. In Elementary we try to inculcate the understanding of ‘time and place’ to help children make decisions about behaviour and other choices. We also ask questions such as ‘how is this helping you learn/helping your brain/impacting on others?’ to help them make connections. Sometimes the children surprise you with a connection that you haven’t thought about. We also have to remember that we are not living in their world, and struggle to understand how they think and learn in different ways than we do. In my classroom if a student uses a device inappropriately (and they have), they lose the right to use that device (which at times has challenged me to come up with an alternately engaging learning experience!. But until they do so, they are trusted, absolutely

  2. Thank you for this post. I have seen signs throughout my district and they are similar to the image you posted. I agree with your statements regarding trust and perception. I think the bigger question is how do we educate the “ignorant?” How does the culture shift if many are not taking the time to realize the power of mobile / personal devices have and how the devices can level the playing field? I have found that it is often the leadership that is resistant to the change more than the teaching staff. The fixed mindsets kill me! I once saw a quote that read, “The biggest risk is the one you don’t take.” We learn by doing – by succeeding AND by FAILING. There is no perfect lesson. But technology is a game changer and helps level the playing field – used correctly, it transforms teaching and learning in ways once inconceivable.

  3. Mauritius

    There is a current problem in some schools, where a small minority of teenagers deliberately disrupt discipline in the classrooms. Unfortunately, teens with such kind of behavior are hardly controlled. No wonder, that teachers in the atmosphere of
    As a teacher of literature I have noticed that some students seem reluctant to spend much time on studying and prefer to copy and paste at the expense of own work. So to say, plagiarism is catching on! But this problem can be solved by using plagiarism detection tool at the class. I personally use https://unplag.com/ to teach students honesty and thinking.

  4. The first thing I did in our school library was take down all of the “shhh”, “quiet zone”, “no talking”, etc. signs in our library. It’s true, often signs say so much more than what is actually written.

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