Ontario Government Set to Ban All Cellphones from Classrooms This Fall

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The press release that announced the future ban stated that exceptions would be made for certain cases, such as when teachers want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons, and students with special needs.

"I think we really need to think progressively about this and say, 'OK, this technology is here, it's real".

"We're certainly not anxious about cellphones being used for instructional purposes - that's a really great thing", she said.

The Green party questioned why a government focused on cutting red tape is introducing "a top-down regulation that complicates things for educators on the front line".

The province is set to ban cellphones in classrooms starting next year.

He said there was a ban at his school, Prince Andrew High in Dartmouth, around a decade ago.

"Teachers have developed classroom management strategies that incorporate their supervised use during instruction", the council said in a statement.

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The government said teachers and parents overwhelmingly supported banning cellphone use during telephone town halls and surveys conducted last fall, in which 97 per cent of the 35,000 respondents advocated for the move.

The ban comes on the heels of a public consultation conducted a year ago.

Banning cellphone use in primary and secondary school classrooms was also one of Premier Doug Ford's education campaign promises to maximize classroom learning.

The Ontario Public School Boards' Association did not provide comment Tuesday, but in its submission to the government consultations it had urged the province to continue allowing school boards to make their own decisions. "Students do not need to have electronic devices like that in class".

The move was praised by many, but some say the ban is antiquated and a missed opportunity to teach children about responsible technology use. "I think the teacher should be in control of the technology and so the teacher should be bringing the technology to the classroom".

It would prohibit cellphone use during instructional time. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.

"Some classrooms have teachers tell the students they can't use cellphones, or some principals have policies for their schools", Schandl said.