Ontario bans cellphones from classroom starting September

Cellphones carry certain risks for elementary school students

Dr. Philip McRae, who has been conducting research on the impact of technology on students for the Alberta Teachers' Association, said a ban is not the answer. While certain school boards already have policies in place that prohibit the use of cellphones on school property, the government of Ontario plans to issue new regulations over cellphone use directed to all public schools for the 2019-2020 academic year. "Can use of cellphones, retrieval of information b built in 4 interactive lessons?" tweeted University of Toronto Education Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education. How the ban will be enforced will remain under the jurisdiction of individual educational boards and schools.

Thompson says that the government will be reasonable and there will be some exceptions, in that students would still be allowed to have a cell phone if it is for health and medical purposes, and teachers will be able to allow cellphone use for classroom work if they see fit.

The Ontario government is planning to ban cellphones from classrooms.

"It's really seen as a support when the teacher has provided that approval". "I think it's important to understand what the government is trying to do as an objective, what kind of behaviour are we trying to target with this".

Education consultation surveys from a year ago suggested that approximately 97 percent of respondents supported some form of restriction on phones in class, according to the government sources.

"When the school day starts, the phones go off", one senior government source said.

Cellphones, she said, are often used in classrooms to gauge student readiness, for educational purposes, including taking photos for presentations, and to assist students with learning needs.

Doug Ford's Tories proposed the ban during last year's election campaign.

Spokesman Ryan Bird said the TDSB encourages appropriate uses of technology in classrooms. About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class.

The mother, who has two children in elementary school, says that although we live in a world that relies on technology, there's a time and a place for cellphones.

Among the feedback sent to the ministry of education, educators complained that phones were not only a distraction but that students were also using them to cheat and share unflattering photographs of teachers on social media.

"We're certainly not anxious about cellphones being used for instructional purposes - that's a really great thing", she said.

According to the study's findings, "this suggests that restricting mobile phone use can be a low-priced policy to reduce educational inequalities".

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