Potential in their Pockets: Should cell phones be allowed student planners?

Kaycie, one of my 10th graders makes a powerful case for why cell phones should be used as planners.  Once we realize the potential in their pockets, I think more schools will move in this direction.

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What do you think?  Do your students carry planners after you stop requiring them? Do you let them get their cell phone or itouch out at the end of class to put their assignments and tests in it?  Why not?

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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2 comments

Neil Winton (Mr W) May 4, 2009 - 7:38 am

I’ve been asking classes to use their phones for recording homework for over two years now. This has not caused any problems with my classes despite it being ‘technically’ against school rules.

The sooner we start harnessing what pupils already know, the sooner we can concentrate on preparing them to face the future.

TimWicks May 4, 2009 - 9:47 am

A great video, congrats to Kaycie. Students will continue to use (effectively) cutting edge technology and unfortunately schools will be 20 to 30 years behind. Thankfully there are those that are awake to the reality that they will have and use devices such as cell phones, and they are integrating them into there school day.
The only isue we have had at our school is a couple of cases of cyber-bullying, and these were handled as one normally would.

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