Alberta won't follow Ontario's ban — Cellphones in class

By Jessie Weisner

By Jessie Weisner

No formal announcement has been made yet.

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning - not their cellphones", read the statement. "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". But a provincial ban would mean the government would issue the directive to schools for the 2019-20 school year.

The school board does have policies within schools and classrooms to moderate phone use, but Davidson says it's important to have a conversation with student about when it's okay to use cell phones, instead of outright banning them.

Most, if not all, schools and school boards already have cellphone and technology related policies in place. "Can use of cellphones, retrieval of information b built in 4 interactive lessons?" tweeted University of Toronto Education Professor Charles Pascal, a former deputy minister of education.

For example, in Canada's capital, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has an Appropriate Use of Technology policy. How the ban will be enforced will remain under the jurisdiction of individual educational boards and schools. "I think it's important to understand what the government is trying to do as an objective, what kind of behaviour are we trying to target with this".

"I think it's kind of dumb to ban them", says another student, Nate Condie.

"They're good technology and can be used for educational purposes", says Fields. "Students have learned about ensuring positive digital citizenship and creating personal digital footprints".

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While input on changing the sex education curriculum dominated headlines, education consultations conducted over the past year gathered feedback on the potential to ban cellphones from classrooms, the Canadian Press article states.

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

The ban comes on the heels of a public consultation conducted past year.

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions.

Our Government will be introducing a ban on cellphones in the classroom.

The Province of Ontario has chose to ban cell phones in classroom, aiming to increase focus in classrooms. These improvements were mostly demonstrated among the students who were typically "low achieving".

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