Ban vs. Educate: Disruptive Technologues

Presenter: Jimbo Lamb

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Ban vs. Educate: Disruptive Technologies

Use "banned technologies" in the classroom like phones, ipods, etc.

PROBLEMS with Banned Technology:
  1. socializing
  2. cheating
  3. distractions
  4. inappropriate use
  5. unfiltered access to internet

The SOLUTIONS (or at least discussions) to the problems:
  1. Socializing:
  • Learning is a social process so use it to your advantage. They can use their phones as computers and complete studying and tasks. What is wrong with education that is entertaining?
  • They are already socializing physically, why is it do different to do it on the computer, phone, etc....there is proof.
  • Students multitask- allow it. If they are given the opportunity, they can learn to multitask.
  • Bring their world into our building.
2. Cheating:
  • They are already doing it- texting, talking etc between class but the question is- what are we testing them on?
3. Distractions
  • Texting during lesson
  • Games
  • Ringers - If the ringer goes off and no one makes a big deal about it is it a problem. Jim left ringer on and told someone to call during class. He just mute ringer when it rang and carried on as normal. Model non-distractive response to issue. If you treat it like a non-problem then they will follow suit.
4. Inappropriate use
  • Record a fight. No one addressed the issue that an actual fight occured, but rather that they reorded it on a cell phone.
  • Take pictures - no good answer. If you even see a cell phone in the bathroom or locker room, you should confiscate (whether it is on or off). Let them know ASAP. Best response is awareness and education.
5. Unfiltered access to the Internet
  • The Big one
  • 3G/wifi
  • Again - best response is awareness and education.
  • This is happening - we do more harm if we do not address.

Inspiration for this presentation came from Liz Kolb presentation at NECC 2008.

Yodio set up toll free number where kids call and record voice and content comes to you. $5/month. Can add pictures. Free for students. No technology needed besides cell phone. (Gcast is an alternative but is also a paid service now). Alternative to garageband - but may sacrifice audio quality. Questions about socioeconomic divide for who has phone vs. who doesn't and also age that students begin to carry cell phones.
Poll Everywhere- use cell phones to poll a response for class. See results right away
Looking at iPhone/iTouch apps to be used in the classroom - Unit Circle (math), Star gazer, Google Earth, Coin Flip, Complete works of Shakespeare, Level, etc.

PA House Bill 363 - discussion

counterpoint - "Allowing students to use cell phones may put teachers in a position to have to make a judgment call on appropriateness. Teacher: 'I think you are using that inappropriately' Student: 'No I am not'."

Good policy - you may not use cell phones unless you have teacher permission.

Students are going to look to find boundaries. It is Ok and Good to confiscate cell phones. Students then realize the boundaries and respect them.

Question/Comment - You should create a community to discuss these topics. Direction - Encourage teachers to create a PLN. We are beginning this.

Advocating for powering down devices during structured time/environments. Cafeteria/Study Halls/etc. what is the harm? If coupled with awareness/education.

Video of 2-yr old working/manipulating the iPhone.