This resource helps educators integrate Web and mobile technologies and tools into classroom instruction and offers a model for selecting appropriate tools and technologies for K–12 settings.

Cell Phones

Cell phones

Cell phones may be the 21st-century equivalent of chewing gum—at least in education circles. What does this mean? Twentieth-century educators devoted a great deal of time and energy to identifying and disciplining students who chewed gum on campus, with little or no success in actually curtailing its use. Today, many educators appear willing to do the same with cell phones. For example, there are schools where teachers use instructional time at the start and end of each period to collect and then return student cell phones, not understanding that this strategy is often a waste of time.

How does this practice waste time? Because many students are turning over either old, disconnected phones or replica phones, which they have purchased online for about ...

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