Current events 6: Smart phones and tablets in BC classrooms

BC students will be encouraged to bring their cell phones and tablets to school, as part of the province’s plan to “personalize” learning, and to “keep them tech-savvy”. Read the story in the GLOBE AND MAIL.

Personally, I am hopeful that more schools will allow the use of smart phones and hand-held devices, as they are increasingly valuable in the classroom. Despite the debate that often arises – I know our school has a “NO cell phones during class time” policy – I feel we need to embrace such devices as useful educational tools.

Furthermore, I believe that School Divisions owe it to our students to provide this type of technology, to prevent those who cannot afford such tools from missing out on this important learning.

This story brought to mind an initiative at one of our Division (Prairie South)’s schools, involoving iPads in a grade 2 classroom. Fore more information, watch the PRAIRIE SOUTH VIDEO.

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