Ontario to ban cellphones from classrooms during instructional time: education minister

Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms

Ontario Government To Ban All Cellphones From Classrooms Next Year

"By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing, and math".

The ban would apply during LL instructional time, but their would be exceptions for teachers who want to use them as part of a lesson plan, students with special needs and medical reasons.

The researcher for the Alberta Teachers Association said he doesn't think a ban will work.

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The Tory government conducted education consultations past year, and while input on the sex-education curriculum dominated headlines, feedback was also gathered on a potential classroom cellphone ban. These improvements were mostly demonstrated among the students who were typically "low achieving".

Ministry of education officials, speaking on background, said students wouldn't be expected to lock up their phones and while enforcement will be hard, it will be left up to school boards.

In London, the Thames Valley District school board (TVDSB) already has a similar policy in place, but would welcome the ban if it allowed phones to be used for teaching purposes within a classroom, the London Free Press reports.

Government officials said the code of conduct for teachers would also be changed, preventing them from letting students use their phones unless it is for education purposes.

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The Conservatives had proposed the ban during last year's election campaign.

About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class, the sources said.

The board previously admitted that enforcing a complete ban was almost impossible, and indicated that limiting the use of technology in the classroom would consequently restrict educational opportunities. "I think the teacher should be in control of the technology and so the teacher should be bringing the technology to the classroom".

"Instead of empowering schools to create reasonable cellphone use policies, Ford is promising a provincewide ban that is impossible to enforce".

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It states that personal electronic devices, like cellphones, should support classroom activities and that teachers would guide and monitor student access to their use.

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