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  1. page Research edited Pockets of Potential - Using Mobile Technologies to promote Student Learning 2009 Horizon Report -…
    Pockets of Potential - Using Mobile Technologies to promote Student Learning
    2009 Horizon Report - January 2009 - What are the emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within learning-focused organizations?
    Horizon report K-12 Education
    Cheating and Bullying Using Cell Phones and PDAs: The Dark Side of Mobile Technology
    Research showing the damage of filtering 'real world' technology- Ewan McIntosh's blog
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  2. msg Jasmine Albrecht Cellphone AUP message posted Jasmine Albrecht Cellphone AUP Cellphones have been an issue in the class for only a relatively short period of time, but inapprop…
    Jasmine Albrecht Cellphone AUP
    Cellphones have been an issue in the class for only a relatively short period of time, but inappropriate use of these cellphones has grown drastically in that short amount of time. We have seen an incline of strict rules being enforced in our schools due to the abuse of cellphones, even to the point of students receiving an automatic zero on the TAKS test if caught with one on their person. As time goes on and as cellphones become even more advanced they become even more of a threat to the system. It is frustrating to think that only a few yeas ago this was not even an issue.

    I think it is time to re-evaluate how we handle the cellphone issue. What if there were a way to change this menacing threat into an asset, a learning tool. It would be a difficult transition and require a lot of patience and consistency, but it could be worth while.

    One of the first things that would have to be taken into consideration is the how to prevent students from using their cellphones to cheat. So far this has been resolved by not allowing students access to the cellphone, but if we want to implement it as a too in class this tactic will not work. What we can do is to limit and monitor the use of the cell phone. If for example you use the cellphones daily in class the students must always have their phone sitting on their desk on the upper right hand corner where it is visible to everyone, especially to you the teacher. The student can only remove it from that spot when told that they are going to need the cell phone for a class activity. Another issue is that they are a distraction as far as ringing in class and texting. If the students are required to put the ringer on silent (not vibrate because it makes too much noise) at the beginning of class and they do it together as a group so no one forgets and if there are distinct repercussions if these procedures is not followed, there will be a significant decrease in distractions. The simple face that the cellphone is no longer a taboo will also decrease the problems we see with them today. Students have a tendency to enjoy doing the opposite of what they are told to do or not to do. They like the thrill of breaking the rules, and if having your cellphone with you and using it in class (with restrictions) is no longer against the rules, their will not be the thrill that was once was present.
    11:05 am

Monday, April 6

  1. msg Cell Phone AUP For All message posted Cell Phone AUP For All From the articles I have been reading online about cell phone use in the classroom, I can really se…
    Cell Phone AUP For All
    From the articles I have been reading online about cell phone use in the classroom, I can really see the need for a well planned out AUP. The issues at risk are more than trying to keep students from cheating on test and texting. Legal issues such as posting images and videos from a classroom onto a website, and who replaces a stolen cell phone are also concerns that should be addressed in an AUP. As teachers we are held to very high standards in regards to what we can share on the internet and with our family for that matter, and it is time that the students get a dose of those standards too. It’s unfortunate that our students don’t understand the reasons and needs of those standards, and that in itself could be good argument against cell phones in schools.

    More often than not, I am finding that AUP’s are simply saying ‘No, you can’t have a cell phone during school hours’ as with these AUP’s from two Califormia schools http://www.mdusd.k12.ca.us/ygnaciovalleyhigh/cellphone.htm, and http://walker.auhsd.k12.ca.us/policies/cellphone.jsp The idea behind having an AUP is for the student to be able to USE the cell phone, not tuck it out of sight during school. If students can’t use them then there is no need for an AUP. However I did find, in my opinion, a really good AUP for the students to use the cell phones.
    http://southshore.ednet.ns.ca/ssrsb/root/board/SSRSB%20policies/1020%20Personal%20Com%20Devices%20_Appr_.pdf
    This AUP addresses student use within the classroom under supervision of the staff, liability of devises from damage, loss, and theft, consequences for inappropriate use, video use, non-instructional time use, and staff guidelines for using personal devises.

    A well thought out AUP will allow us as teacher to reflect the society we serve. We can’t deny that students have and use phones. We just need to find safe and educational ways for students to use them in our classrooms.
    7:57 pm
  2. msg What good is a cell phone? message posted What good is a cell phone? Thats exactly what I was thinking about using cell phones as calculators and dictionaries. You got …
    What good is a cell phone?
    Thats exactly what I was thinking about using cell phones as calculators and dictionaries. You got a good point that you don't carry a globe with you at all times, in fact I have never seen you with one. Brandon C.
    7:50 pm
  3. msg Allbrightmath Cell Phone use message posted Allbrightmath Cell Phone use For safety purposes, the district permits students to possess cell phones; however, cell phones mus…
    Allbrightmath Cell Phone use
    For safety purposes, the district permits students to possess cell phones; however, cell phones must remain turned off and put away during the instructional day and on campus before school, this includes during all testing. Cell phones will also not be permitted during before or after school detention (“D-Hall”) or during make-up hours. Cell phones
    will be confiscated should they be heard or seen. Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The school may charge the owner for the release of certain telecommunication devices.

    This is the current policy where my children attend school in Trinity ISD. I agree with this policy fully. I believe that there is no need with all the technology available by teachers that there is a need for cell phone use in the classroom. Not only is it a disturbance in the classroom because they WILL be doing other things that they should not be doing but it also makes the children feel bad that do not have access to a cell phone. When this occurs it is a circle effect where they feel bad at school so they go home and constantly tell parents that may not be able to afford a phone that they need one for school work and everyone else has one at school. Cell Phone use in the school should not be allowed except for before the first bell and after the last bell.
    6:24 am

Sunday, April 5

  1. msg Ashleigh Johnston-cell phone AUP message posted Ashleigh Johnston-cell phone AUP The issue of whether or not to allow cell phones at school is an issue all districts are facing. Sc…
    Ashleigh Johnston-cell phone AUP
    The issue of whether or not to allow cell phones at school is an issue all districts are facing. Schools are finding it increasingly more impossible to completely ban them. Cell phones are everywhere now days. Almost every student in a middle school or high school has one. In most cases (if the phones are allowed at school), it is required that they be kept in the lockers. However, students are very good at concealing their phones, and they can text without even looking. Most people agree that phones should not be used during instructional time, but think that they are very useful to parents in cases of an emergency, or in cases where the student is in extra-curricular activities.
    I agree that cell phones should not be seen or heard in the classroom, but I do think that students should be allowed to keep them in their locker for before school or after school use. Teachers and administrators themselves find it very difficult to make it through the day without use of their cell phones. How can we blame our students for feeling the same way?

    Attached is an article I found about Richfield high school in Minnesota. The school used to completely ban cell phones, but now is re-thinking their policy on cell phone use. The school is trying to face the reality that cell phones are just a way of life now. They are realizing that you can try to make rules about not having cell phones on campus, but enforcing that rule is a whole other story.

    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/02/texting_classroom/
    8:00 pm

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