What is your informed opinion about banning mobile phones and other digital devices in schools?
To ban mobile, digital devices in schools is to deny the future of 21st-century learning and contemporary education.
We have reached a point in the digital age where mobile technologies are ubiquitous, contributing to the rise of informal learning. Students can access information anytime, anywhere and the way they share, create and communicate has fundamentally changed. The ‘technology’ of mobile phones and digital devices has disappeared as they become more prevalent in our students lives. If we are to make education relevant, meaningful and authentic to student lives and develop students’ digital literacies as the literature and the Australian curriculum suggest, the learning must meet the students where they are (Honan, 2012; Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2013). And that is across the web, on mobile phones and digital devices according to the 2015 Australian Communications and Media Authority report.