TVDSB welcomes proposed cellphone ban in Ontario classrooms

Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms

The Province of Ontario has chose to ban cell phones in classroom, aiming to increase focus in classrooms.

Over the past number of years, school boards across the province have been using more technology to teach, and Fields said his board is no exception.

"We think that teachers have a handle on their classrooms already", Arthur said.

The province says it will be up to individual schools and school boards.

The PCs did propose the ban when they were campaigning past year. "Can use of cellphones, retrieval of information b built in 4 interactive lessons?" tweeted University of Toronto Education Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education.

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

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Some in the education field have said the new policy really doesn't change much as teachers haven't been allowing inappropriate use of phones in class.

"It just literally made it so that teachers and principals and vice-principals were spending so much time enforcing the ban or attempting to enforce the ban, taking away phones, coming up with appropriate consequences, it just became completely unmanageable", he told CBC's Mainstreet.

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. The board has previously said that enforcing an outright ban was next to impossible, and said that to curb technology use would be to place limits on educational opportunities as well.

It states that personal electronic devices, like cellphones, should support classroom activities and that teachers would guide and monitor student access to their use. "I think the teacher should be in control of the technology and so the teacher should be bringing the technology to the classroom".

In 2015, NY ended its ban on cellphones, giving schools the authority to create their own, in part because parents wanted to be able to contact their children, and it was not equally enforceable.

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