Cellphone use in the classroom.
There has been some debate on the use of technology in the classroom, including cellphones, to enhance teaching and learning.
The WCED has released guidelines to schools on Cellular phones and other mobile technologies in public schools.
Link to Guidelines: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/circulars/minutes18/CMminutes/edel5_18.pdf
While there are some negative perceptions about the use of cellphones in schools, the use of mobile devices for education can outweigh the disadvantages. However, the use of mobile devices needs to be managed thoughtfully and responsibly in order to ensure the protection of our children.
It is essential that schools are aware of how to manage cellular phones and mobile devices so that their learners have positive and safe experiences when using these devices.
The learners also need to understand the implications of irresponsible use and need to be accountable for their behaviour. It is also essential that parents/guardians share the responsibility, as access to technology is not confined to the school or the time spent in the school environment.
Some of the advantages of the use of cellular phones and mobile devices in the school environment include;
- Enabling instant communication
- Using it as a memory tool to make quick notes (voice, video or images)
- Calendar to organize educator or learner lives
- Information tool allowing for quick access to information and resources
- The sharing of files and information for academic and professional purposes
- Easy automated assessments
- Simulating physical experiences on a digital platform to boost creative and critical thinking
- Gamification, using play as a creative and innovative approach for assessment and learner engagement
Cellular phones and mobile devices have to be managed in an educationally sound manner and every school should have in place a policy on the use of cellular phones and mobile devices with the input from all stakeholders (school SMT, governing body, parents, teachers and learners); and have regular cyber wellness seminars addressing all relevant concerns related to the use of cellular phones and mobile devices.
For more information on Cyber wellness in schools, as well as, additional information on e-Safety in schools, please visit our Cyber wellness e-learning page.