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Cell Phones and Schools

The Blue Graph Bars (above) show performance on testing in the classroom on tests when cellphones are banned.

"We found the impact of banning phones for these students equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days," researchers Richard Murphy and Louis-Philippe Beland said. It found that following a ban on phone use, the schools' test scores improved by 6.4%. The impact on underachieving students was much more significant--their average test scores rose by 14%. "The results suggest that low-achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones, while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy," the economists said.

https://techwellness.com/blogs/expertise/cellphone-distraction-in-school

It is clear from the research that digital...Read more

  • Oct 5 2019

Cell phones lower grades and promote anxiety.

As the public and professionals struggle with the idea of banning cell phones in schools, it is important to recognize a few things.
The very presence of cell phones in schools lowers over-all grade scores and raises anxiety. And if our job is to educate and nuture students this fact alone should be enough reason to ban them.

Phones are a device for easy the consumption of media and do not promote any significant learning about how the internet works, or about coding, nor do they develop technological skills. They do NOT prepare students for their future roles in society.

Cell phones suck up TIME and prevent social interaction with the surrounding community. Time spent on cell phones takes time away from other pursuits. AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MANY, MANY HOURS A DAY, EVERYDAY!

Without a ban teachers and students can not effectively act to rid them. It is an all or nothing battle.

We learn from our environment. If we learn...Read more

  • Mar 20 2019

SUING GOOGLE

So this article, https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2018/09/16/New-Mexico-sues-Google-Twitte...
and others suggest that Google is still using surveillance to track and data-profile students under the age of 13. Yet, though Google is being sued by many states in America, the schools using Google tools and Google search engines and Google docs and Google for Education seem not to be paying attention.

How does the school justify the signing up of students for Google products without parental authorization?

School authorities seem to shy away from answering questions about technology and surveillance in their classrooms. In Canada it is bad form to sue schools but as awareness of how student data is collected and stored grows, questions will certainly become more difficult to ignore.
It is...Read more

  • Sep 17 2018

Why is Google allowed to data-mine Students in Public Schools?

Decision makers who have agreed to the surveillance of their students by a private corporations are hesitant to talk about it.

When we talk about Google services we like to believe we are getting something for free, but really we are trading our students’ privacy for Googles’ services. Schools that knowingly trade student and staff privacy should recognize that this practice present major ethical and legal questions.

Schools must ask, how they can allow access for Google to put students under surveillance and condone the selling of their private behaviors to unidentified ‘third parties?’ We really need to ask, “How the child’s life will be affected by their school-sanctioned profiling and the ongoing modification of their behaviors?”
These question are not philosophical. By law schools teach students about The Canadian Constitution and the Canadian Charter or Rights and Freedoms. Reading...Read more

Unhappiness, iPhones and Generation I

...students who didn’t bring their phones to the classroom scored a full letter-grade higher on a test of the material presented than those who brought their phones. It didn’t matter whether the students who had their phones used them or not: All of them scored equally poorly.

from: How smartphones hijack our minds http://www.roughtype.com/?p=8248

Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something—anything— ...recent research suggests that screen time, in particular social-media use, does indeed cause unhappiness.

from: Have Smartphones destroyed a Generation? https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-...Read more

Tim Lee presents at The Cybera Summit 2017 Banff Centre Alberta

I'm speaking about Tech and Education at the Cybera Summit. http://www.cybera.ca/cyber-summit-2017/home/

Examining the tensions that exist between private and public interests, curriculum objectives and technological literacy, security and ease of use, this presentation identifies the effects of commercialized technologies upon education and offers relevant suggestions for a sustainable, more secure, more democratic and healthier technological learning environment.

The type of computers a school purchases, the operating system it promotes, the software a school provides, the websites they frequent, and the extraneous devices they allow, all form the educational environment that shapes the experience and understanding of the child.

The Internet and computer hardware and software do not always function in accord with the public interest. Companies like Facebook and Google make income through...Read more

  • Nov 2 2017

10 Tech Rules For Schools

10 Rules that schools should consider when developing their educational technologies.
The magazine, "Education and Technolgoy" written by Timothy Lee is available for download at sidebar in .pdf format. It is a magazine for educators, parents and administrators promoting a democratic, safe, and sustainable technological infrastructure for schools.Read more

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