The downside of using cellphones in the classroom

02/4/2013 | T.H.E. Journal

While there is widespread agreement that smartphones should be integrated into instruction, several issues arise when implementing mobile technologies in the classroom, said educators who participated in a discussion on the subject at the 2013 Florida Educational Technology Conference last week. Many educators have found that text-messaging is a distraction for students, and that the technology can be used inappropriately for cheating and bullying. Other concerns include misuse of social media, student safety, and whether all students and teachers have equal access to the technology.

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