There are waves of awful stories in the media about mobile phones in schools. Tales of cyber-bullying, “sexting” and physical violence being used to steal mobile phones paints a worrying picture of life today for kids in school.
But what about the positive side of pupils using their own technology in schools? The “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) revolution. Is there a positive side?
On Twitter, #pencilchat causes a flurry of tweets from educators frustrated by technology-phobia in the classroom. (Swap “computer” or “technology” for “pencil” – sample tweet: “I refuse to use pencils in my classroom until manufacturers figure out a way to limit what students can write with them.”)
In England, schools can use this piece of legislation to search for and confiscate items from pupils – if mobile phones are a banned item, they can be confiscated.
Children are using technology in their lives outside of school. Technology is a fact of life. It’s not going to go away. Shouldn’t we be trying – as a society – to a) educate children in the safe use of mobile phones and b) integrate the power of technology into the classroom?
Or is it enough to have an ICT room in a school?