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    good idea or bad?

    (and try not to think like an old fart!)

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/educati...-they-n1044636
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    In general, a good idea. My 17 yo daughter spends too much time no hers, but makes straight A's so I'm not sure I can limit her time on her phone while at home, though we've talked about her limiting it on her own. Same with my son, but much of his time on it is spent watching political and educational podcasts and TED Talks. At school it's a different matter. The kids are there to learn, not play on their phones. Give them a break at lunch? Sure.
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    Good idea during school hours... thirty minute reprieve during lunch break.
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    Good idea. They should do the same with laptops
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    The problem with that is that kids these days take notes on laptops rather than writing notes in longhand. It's more efficient. If the school is worried about kids surfing the web and sending emails to each other, they can just block the wifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    The problem with that is that kids these days take notes on laptops rather than writing notes in longhand. It's more efficient. If the school is worried about kids surfing the web and sending emails to each other, they can just block the wifi.
    I can't remember the journal I read this in some years ago, but the article stated that writing notes vs typing them cemented the info in the brain of students much more deeply. There's something about the act of writing that's more...intimate?...to the learning experience.

    Maybe more efficient time-wise, but not better. (According to the study)

    I find this true myself, but that's just anecdotal.
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    TERRIBLE IDEA!
    In case of emergency (school shooting anyone?), you just lost the ability to get word out. Plus parents may need to contact (text) their children in an emergency. Place the blame where it belongs - on the teachers who can't manage their classrooms. Respect and Responsibility are teachable, and that's what needs to happen. I've never had a problem I couldn't handle in the 10 years that smartphones have become ubiquitous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    In case of emergency (school shooting anyone?), you just lost the ability to get word out. Plus parents may need to contact (text) their children in an emergency.
    Don't they have public address systems with speakers in all the classrooms? That would get the word out in case of a school shooting. And parents can always let their kids know of an emergency the old fashioned way--call the school and ask them to get word to the kid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    Don't they have public address systems with speakers in all the classrooms? That would get the word out in case of a school shooting. And parents can always let their kids know of an emergency the old fashioned way--call the school and ask them to get word to the kid.
    Pretty sure the shooter hears what goes out on the PA. Tells him what the response is. Parents calling during an active shooting will get no reply.

    Phones for emergencies is just one small piece in the puzzle. Phones 24/7 are here to stay. Deal with it, manage it, teach respectful and responsible usage. Locking them away is just sticking your head in the sand.
    I always ask myself, is this response out of desperation or mindful reflection? In 5 years, this lock-them-up approach will be ridiculed as a myopic solution.
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    I don't know how we all made it out alive without them for all those years.
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