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Published by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation

Smartphones in the classroom: a teacher’s dream or nightmare?

Posted: 09/02/15 8:43am CST

Research suggests mobile devices can be a boon to educators if managed properly

When students return to class this fall, a majority of them will be toting something that teachers themselves are still learning to deal with: a mobile device.

Whether it’s a smartphone, tablet or laptop, survey after survey shows more and more — and younger and younger — schoolchildren have their own computing devices and are taking them to class.

A report last year found that just among Grade 4 students, 25 per cent had a cellphone; for high school students, close to 90 per cent have smartphones.

School districts once tried to fight the trend. The Toronto District School Board, Canada’s largest, banned cellphone use in class from 2007 to 2011. New York City had a cellphone-in-school ban for years.

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