Posted by lmeinert on July 24, 2011 in Mobile Learning
July 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm
I have thought it would be great to have students use their cell phones in school. Besides dealing with the arguments about the inequity for students who cannot afford cell phones, people in charge of school safety (school resource officer and other experts) say that if students can use their cell phones in school then they could set up a school shooting right under our noses. Do we have the same kind of debate on our hands like the gun debate? Guns are merely an object…it’s what people decide to do with them that could be bad. Is it the same with cell phones?
July 25, 2011 at 12:36 am
I hadn’t heard the school safety debate before. Education is great at villainizing specific technologies they don’t want in schools. While pencils and books can be misused they don’t ban those.
July 25, 2011 at 6:41 am
I’ve heard the opposite view when it comes to cell phones and safety in schools. I’ve heard the argument that allowing students to have cell phones may allow communication to help students who are victims or about to be victims in school shootings.
For instance, students could be texted instructions on where to exit, how to vacate, could report on where shots are being heard.
July 28, 2011 at 3:04 am
Many colleges and universities use cell phones to help promote safety in schools. They can be used as a tool to save lives. It’s funny how people choose what’s good and what’s bad. When I first started working at my school, I wanted to get iPods to use in the classroom. There were a bazillion reasons why I couldn’t get them and why they weren’t the technology they were looking for and there was no funding for them. I finally got them to relent and buy me one iPod so I could check it out. A couple of years later we bought several classroom sets of SanDisk Sansa Players and were putting Audible books on them. Go figure.
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