TVDSB welcomes proposed cellphone ban in Ontario classrooms


NDP MPP Ian Arthur said his party supports the idea in general but teachers and school boards now have the power to ban cellphones. While certain school boards already have policies in place that prohibit the use of cellphones on school property, the government of Ontario plans to issue new regulations over cellphone use directed to all public schools for the 2019-2020 academic year. "Instead of empowering schools to create reasonable cellphone use policies, Ford is promising a provincewide ban that is impossible to enforce".

In a statement, Minister Lisa Thompson was quoted saying "Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning - not their cellphones".

Whether or not cell phones are allowed in class is up to individual schools, according to English School Board policy in this province.

Canada's most populous province will ban mobile phones in classrooms next year.

The ban comes on the heels of a public consultation conducted a year ago. The researcher for the Alberta Teachers Association said he doesn't think a ban will work.

"Teachers see the value of technology as an enhancement to learning and they are using it pretty powerfully, but we also see teachers and principals making judgments where to pull back", he said.

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Education consultation surveys from past year suggested that approximately 97 percent of respondents supported some form of restriction on phones in class, according to the government sources.

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

As the Ontario government is looking at banning cellphones in schools, some people are on the fence about whether or not an outright ban is the way to go. "I think the teacher should be in control of the technology and so the teacher should be bringing the technology to the classroom".

The mother, who has two children in elementary school, says that although we live in a world that relies on technology, there's a time and a place for cellphones. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.

"We've always maintained that a student using their own personal devices is good for learning as long as it's not distracting them from their learning and under the guidance of the teacher or staff member in that room", says John Howitt, superintendent of education at GECDSB.