Province to announce classroom cellphone ban

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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.

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

"Schools have been working closely with the students and teachers in finding that balance to support student learning and achievement in the classroom", Fernandes said. Join the conversation by commenting below!

Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement Tuesday that a formal announcement is coming soon.

Ontario has made a decision to ban cellphones in classrooms, but Alberta is not ready to make that call.

"What I think is problematic is when people use their phones to text their friends either within the classroom or outside the classroom - and would not be condoned for use for the teacher".

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The province says it will be up to individual schools and school boards.

The proposed ban, first reported by the Canadian Press, was a part of Premier Doug Ford's election platform. Results found that 97 per cent of respondents wanted some sort of control over cellphone use in class.

"When the school day starts, the phones go off", one senior government source said. "We've got a lot of classrooms where students are actually provided with Chrome books and iPads and those kinds of things", said Fields.

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association appears to have a similar statement.

Teacher Ben Sichel is not in favour of a cellphone ban. The board has previously said that enforcing an outright ban was next to impossible, and said that to curb technology use would be to place limits on educational opportunities as well. 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.

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