Province to announce classroom cellphone ban

Cellphones carry certain risks for elementary school students

Cellphones carry certain risks for elementary school students

The Toronto District School Board used to have a cellphone ban, but reversed it after four years to let teachers dictate what works best for their classrooms, the article said.

That means students could use them in between classes, at lunch, and during after-school activities.

The ban is set to begin in the upcoming school year.

Nova Scotia's education minister says the province won't ban cellphones in classrooms.

Details of the new policy are expected in an official announcement within the next week.

"It falls to us to make sure that we have expectations for students around how they use those devices ethically and effectively", says Davidson "And how we supervise students to help ensure that they don't use them in a way that damages the learning of themselves or of others".

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Thompson announced additional money for school boards and training for teachers Monday as hundreds of kids may soon enter school because they will get less funding for therapy. "Instead of empowering schools to create reasonable cellphone use policies, Ford is promising a provincewide ban that is impossible to enforce". How the ban will be enforced will remain under the jurisdiction of individual educational boards and schools.

Across the Pond, France has banned phones in classrooms since 2010.

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. Can we prevent students from using these in the classroom? "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".

"Teachers see the value of technology as an enhancement to learning and they are using it pretty powerfully, but we also see teachers and principals making judgments where to pull back", he said.

The Tory government conducted education consultations past year, and while input on the sex-education curriculum dominated headlines, feedback was also gathered on a potential classroom cellphone ban.

About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, sources told the Canadian Press. These improvements were mostly demonstrated among the students who were typically "low achieving".

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