I am gathering information through a survey to get an opinion of the use of cell phones during school hours. Negative factors are theft, cyber bullying, possible access to harmful content. These three item broadly categorize the areas of concern we have had in our experience. On the other hand cell phones are a part of the fabric of our society now and there are many positive reasons to use them. Some staff already have Whats app discussion groups involving their students. There is also a huge wealth of electronic content that is relevant to many subjects. Integrating with online learning experiences like Google classroom or Moodle is also possible on a cell phone. Often many learners cannot afford a fancy tablet or Lap top pc, but many learners have smart phones which are capable of allowing access to e-learning platforms.
So I would like to know what the reaction would be i I recommended that once a term everyone buys a cell phone licence. This will include the data that is used (actually data is the main reason since we will have expand not only volume but also access and coverage) By signing an agreement such as the licence the learner will then agree to the rules and conditions associated with cell phone use at school. Where a learner does break the rules the licence will be revoked and the phone listed on our server as being banned (if it is not already confiscated) The learner may then re-apply for the licence in the next term.
What do you think ? Follow this link to a Google Forms survey (PS you can use your phone to answer the survey – just not at school yet)