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Why BYOD, Not Banning Cell Phones, Is the Answer  

"If your target audience isn't listening to you, it's not their fault, it's yours." —Seth Godin

qIt's difficult to have a conversation about using cell phones for learning without someone complaining that the phones will be a distraction. These complaints presumably come from those who have never been in schools where cell phones are used as learning tools. 

Those who have know that not only do teachers find distraction is not an issue,  they also find students are more engaged and excited about learning. On the other hand, in schools where the use of mobile devices is restricted, students often report they feel like prisoners of their teacher's past.  

Banning is not the answer. Administrators need policies for today's students and teachers need to update outdated practices. We're well into the 21st century and it's time for schools to encourage educators to start using methods that will prepare students for their future rather than relying on the comfortable policies and methods of the past.  

It's not a question of if this works. Teachers around the globe are incorporating cell phones into their practice. They are creating learning environments where they build trust with students, empowering them with the freedom to learn with the tools of their world.

Why must administrators and teachers make this change? 

Because, when we continue to blame or ban the technology, we resolve the issue temporarily, but we disregard the root of the problem. When school staff refuse to consider this change, they are ignoring how the world works outside their buildings. 

Don't take away student rights and the freedom to learn using the tools they choose. Take the time to find out how to embrace such technology in the classroom and achieve success.

Here are seven strategies to ensure connected students will tune in when learning with mobile technologies.

Ensure the right building blocks are in place 

This includes items such as responsible use policies, parent and/or student agreements, and lessons about safety/etiquette. Schools using cell phones in the classroom incorporate effective tech use into both student and teacher assessment.  

Update outdated classroom management techniques

While some teachers may have been masters of classroom management in the days before students owned digital devices, the environment has changed. As a result, classroom management techniques must be updated. The nice thing, however, is that you don't have to worry about distribution, collection, storage, imaging , and charging of devices. The teacher should, however, ensure there are protocols in place for when and how students use their devices. 

 

 

Source: The Journal

Read more: http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/05/09/why-byod-not-banning-cell-phones-is-the-answer.aspx

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