To text, or not to text in the classroom ...?

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Mobile phones play a major part in today’s lifestyles – but not, it seems, in Jersey classrooms
  • How much potential do today’s mobile phones have to disrupt lessons in school?

  • Read the opinions of three local head teachers below

  • Should mobiles be banned in schools? Take part in our poll

 

MOBILE phones in schools: a smart idea, or a head teacher’s headache?

With the latest iPhone or Samsung in hand, pupils have the power to access a wealth of educational material to help shape and inform their studies.

On a more practical level, the devices enable a quick text or call to mum or dad to sort out changes to after school pick-up times.

However, with an ever-increasing range of apps and social media temptations at the touch of a button, there is a world of technological distractions to disrupt concentration in the classroom.

And it’s not just an issue affecting the few, because it is estimated that 90 per cent of UK students now own a mobile phone.

A recent study into the use of the devices in schools suggested that completely banning mobile phones can significantly boost children’s academic performance.

In fact, according to academics at the London School of Economics, the effect of banning mobile phones from school premises adds up to the equivalent of an extra week’s schooling across the academic year.

The study, named ‘Ill Communication: The Impact of Mobile Phones on Student Performance’, found that after schools banned mobile phones, the test scores of 16-year-olds improved by more than six per cent.

It was also found that the lowest-achieving students gained more than twice as much as average students, and that the ban had a more positive impact on students with special education needs and those from less privileged backgrounds eligible for free school meals.

In the UK, more and more schools now do not allow phones on school premises; others now require them to be handed in at the beginning of the day.

But what is the practice in Jersey secondaries?

 

 

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