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Researchers and educators agree that cellphones have become fixtures in Canadian classrooms, but opinion remains divided on how best to address their presence.  All agree that the presence of smartphones can be problematic if students are allowed to devote more attention to their screens than their studies.  One research paper suggests the majority of schools are still treating cellphones as a scourge and banning the devices outright both in and out of class.  But that study and a growing number of boards say they’ve had more success once deciding to stop fighting the technological tide and find ways to incorporate cellphones into schools.

Source: Toronto Star

Date: March 3rd, 2017

Link: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/02/26/after-years-of-trying-to-ban-cellphones-many-schools-are-now-trying-to-make-them-work-in-the-classroom.html

Discussion

1) What are some ways you could incorporate the use of cellphones into your Introduction to MIS classroom?

2) Do you think that this issue is uniquely Canadian, and would the solutions in Canada work elsewhere in the world?

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