Remember There Is A General Ban On Cell Phones In Schools (Or at least during school hours) What a Bummer!!
Let’s Examine A Few Facts About Phones It took about 20 years for the first billion phones to be sold The second billion sold in 4 years The third billion sold in 2 years Worldwide there are 3.3 billion mobile-phone subscriptions 3 billion people still do not have a phone, but the bulk of that number is in Africa and Asia
A Few More Facts About Phones 80% of the world’s population lives with range of a cellular network Even in developing countries families are investing significant amounts of money on Information-Communication Technology (ICT) 100% penetration in the US is not expected until 2013 Many countries exceed 100% penetration: United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden…. Global penetration is estimated at 50% now It is important to note that 100% percent penetration does not mean all citizens own a cell phone. The number will include multiple subscriptions
And If That Was Not Enough How About The Following: Now there are just over 1 billion personal computers in use Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004 74% of all mobile phone users actively use SMS text messaging An SMS is typically read within an average of 15 minutes and responded to within 60 minutes, think about how long email takes
Yet For Some Reason Phones Are Still Generally Banned in Schools
This Is Not A Fight Schools Should Be Fighting Why you may ask?
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What if you need to take notes and you have no pencil or paper, you want to create a to-do list, you want to add something to your calendar but you have no computer, you want to send an important message to a group of people, or you just want to get the latest weather? And all you have is your phone. ?
WHAT ARE PEOPLE (TEACHERS) SAYING ABOUT CELL PHONES?
“ Can cell phones really provide their owners with the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes that will help them succeed in their school, jobs, and their lives? What can they learn? ANYTHNG, if we design it right.” Mark Prensky “ I think it is ridiculous schools ban cell phones for no real reason than simply because” Anonymous Middle School Teacher Los Angeles, CA Schools don’t ban a text book because a student abused it, therefore why should cell phones be banned? Kenneth Shelton
Why is it that our best paying jobs expect us to be constantly connected, but our schools require us to be the opposite? Anonymous Maryland Does our banning of cell phones encourage sneakiness? Elementary Teacher Missouri Met a teacher in Sweden who got death threats sent to her for taking position that cell phones should be included Anonymous Washington Cell phones should be used in the classroom. They have great potential in science for data collection and field work. Anonymous St. Petersburg, Florida
My child goes to school to learn, not to socialize Quote from an actual parent The PE teachers in my school don't like cell phones because students will take pictures in the locker room. Anonymous Teacher in Maryland
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