TES is reporting that teachers, parents and pupils are divided over whether smartphones should be used in classrooms or not.
Smartphones are blamed for everything from distracting pupils from their work to fuelling teenagers’ porn addictions. But others claim the devices can be vital learning tools. Now, a new poll of nearly 3,500 teachers, parents and school children reveals the extent to which people are divided on the issue.
Exactly half of the teachers and school leaders who took part in the survey – carried out by TES in parallel with similar polls by parenting website Mumsnet and children’s newspaper First News – thought pupils should be banned from bringing their smartphones into school.
But Peter Twining, professor of the future of education at the Open University, said that rather than banning phones, schools should include them in lessons.
“Schools can’t afford all the [technological] kit they need; it seems bonkers not to take advantage of the fact that young people have this technology in their pockets that they could use for educational purposes,” he said.
Addressing concerns that such a move would discriminate against pupils who don’t own smartphones, Professor Twining said that most secondary school pupils today have phones and they are nearly always smartphones.
What do you think? Should smartphones be used in classrooms or not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or via Twitter. ~ Meena
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