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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.

It is clear from the research that digital communication technologies have a detrimental effect on learning. I guess this isn't news to anyone really. The 2015 OCED study says the same thing. And classroom observations by teachers support this conclusion. So why aren't schools reacting to these facts?

  • Oct 5 2019