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

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Some schools in this province have already enacted cell phone bans, while others have not seen a problem.

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning - not their cellphones", Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement. During this consultation we heard that 97% of respondents support some form of a ban on cellphones.

Toronto tried banning cellphones, but found enforcing it to be extremely hard and would impair students from varied learning experiences.

The Ontario government is planning to ban cellphones from classrooms.

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.

"The notion that teachers are simply allowing inappropriate cellphone use at the moment is incorrect", he said.

The Toronto District School Board used to have a cellphone ban, but reversed it after four years to let teachers dictate what works best for their classrooms, the article said.

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In a statement to CTV News, the Alberta government said "Minister Eggen trusts Alberta's teachers and school boards to make their own rules regarding the use of cell phones in their classrooms".

And the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) even used to have a ban on cellphones, but lifted the ban in 2011 after student trustees argued that technology had become a pervasive part of student life, CBC reports.

Doug Ford's Tories proposed the ban during last year's election campaign.

"I think that it's time for the government to take back the power and give it back to the teachers inside the classroom", says Kehoe.

The move was praised by many, but some say the ban is antiquated and a missed opportunity to teach children about responsible technology use.

A 2015 London School of Economics and Political Science paper found that "student performance in high stakes exams significantly increases" with a ban on mobile phones.

It states that personal electronic devices, like cellphones, should support classroom activities and that teachers would guide and monitor student access to their use. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.

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