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Maybe Cell Phones Aren't the Problem

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Bill Ferriter jumps into a debate over whether cell phones might be effective instructional tools. To the common complaint that students would just use them to text their friends during class, he has a bold response:

I may be naive, but aren't distracted students texting from the back of the classroom pretty convincing evidence of poor teaching?

He admits that it's hard work to create lessons that captivate today's students.

But that's our job, isn't it? Aren't we supposed to be able to put together learning experiences that matter? And if we can't shouldn't we be ready for distracted students?
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Text them during the class to answer the next question you have. Think outside the box!!!!

I do not believe that cell phones would be a good instructional tool in the classroom. Students would only use them to text and would not be focused on the task at hand. Typically, students only text when they are not engaged in the lesson. It is the teachers responsibility to incoorporate activities to make the students participate actively. Once an active productive activity, students should eliminate their phones and the texting problem.

So, any child, in the history of education as an institution, that ever passed a hand written note, did so under the pretense that the teaching was too poor for them to pay attention? I didn't know that paying attention was merely a suggestion that students (my realm is 7th and 8th grade; and yes, they ALL have phones) had the autonomy to dismiss as they wished? Character? Accountability? Responsibility? Parenting? A Healthy teacher/student relationship, based on mutual respect. These are the core foundational pieces needed prior to any "teaching" (facilitation is preferred), and especially, any student learning will occur.

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