Certainly a ban would be easier to implement than the kind of large scale curriculum redesign and training required to include smartphones in lessons, but this paper shouldn’t discourage schools who have started down the BYOD route. Mobile devices could be a distraction and there are certainly lessons where they should remain switched off, but they could equally be used for good too
Should we ban mobile phones in school?
Tim Dalton
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I think you’ve nailed it here Tim. All or nothing is probably a very sensible pair of tactics. If school is in a strong position where a huge focus for a year or two can be developing device supported pedagogues and independent learning skills then go for it. If not then a pretty much total ban does have considerable merits.

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