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Several studies report that 65 – 75% of students now have a personal cellphone or smartphone and their use in schools is creating both problems and opportunities for educators. Some school boards are banning them, just as others are reversing that policy. This month we offer a range of positions. [by Jim Lang, M.Ed. PhD, Associate Faculty Department of Social Justice Education, Philosophy of Education, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario]
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40 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using Cell Phones in the Classroom

Research & Findings   |   March 10, 2017

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Staff writers at online universities.com avoid the cell phone controversy, saying, “So many ruminations on what smartphone technologies offer the wired classroom begin with some permutation of how, at first, cell phones are often the... read more

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When smartphones go to school

Research & Findings   |   March 10, 2017

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Science News for Students reports that on-task use of mobile devices can be very productive in high school classes, whereas off-task use tends to adversely affect work and grades. An excerpt from a Boston College... read more

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Do Smartphones Have a Place in the Classroom?

Research & Findings   |   March 10, 2017

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In his April, 2016, article for The Atlantic, high school teacher Paul Barnwell writes of his own experiences with allowing students use of cellphones in schools. He reports common problems, no doubt much like those... read more

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Using Smartphones in the Classroom

Research & Findings   |   March 10, 2017

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Grade Nine teacher Ken Halla has been actively involved in turning his classroom into a “…mobile device-friendly environment where students can incorporate the latest technology into the learning process.” He has tips for teachers on... read more

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How to Use Cell Phones as Learning Tools

Research & Findings   |   March 10, 2017

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Teachhub, a K-12 website, presents an article that lists positive uses for cellphones as a student response system. For example, in a flipped classroom scenario, teachers can record their lessons on phones so that students... read more

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How Can Teachers Control Cell Phones In Their Class?

Research & Findings   |   March 10, 2017

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Dan Henderson, writing for Teachthought.com, suggests controlling cell phone use by creating a “cell phone jail,” a pace to lock up phones during class. If a student breaks a cell phone use policy, he calls... read more

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How to Manage Cell Phones in the Classroom

Research & Findings   |   March 10, 2017

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In a short 2015 Edutopia article, administrator and educator Ben Johnson offers some tips on developing policies on cellphone use in school. While not arguing for one side of the issue or another, he suggests... read more

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Developing as rational persons: viewing our development in stages

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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The Critical Thinking Community’s website offers a detailed in-depth description of the processes—they identify five stages—through which people can develop critical, rational, thinking. In academic-style prose, they argue that people don’t typically choose to be... read more

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An under-appreciated way of teaching kids to think rationally

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Washington Post writer Valerie Strauss makes the case for the “Philosophy for Children” (P4K) movement as an approach to teaching K-12 students how to think rationally. Based on a version of the Socratic Method, P4K... read more

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Review of the book Analytic Processes for School Leaders by Cynthia T. Richetti and Benjamin B. Tregoe

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) reviews Cynthia Richetti’s and Benjamin Tregoe’s book, which offers helpful charts and illustrations demonstrating rational approaches to problem-solving and decision-making. Although the authors focus on school leaders—principals and... read more

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Teaching critical thinking: an evidence-based guide

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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For a quick read, the website Parenting Science provides a concise list of key skills related to rational and critical thinking, with tips on how parents and teachers can teach them to children. On their... read more

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Critical thinking: how to grow your child’s mind

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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In her article for the group Roots of Action Marilyn Price-Mitchell asks, “What kind of thinker is your child?  Does he believe everything on TV?  Does she always figure out how to get what she... read more

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Teaching strategies that enhance higher-order thinking

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Writing for TeachHub, Janelle Cox lists 10 strategies for teachers who want to enhance higher-order thinking in their students. Among these, she suggests teaching students to learn to infer, saying, “You can start by giving... read more

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Most students don’t know when news is fake, Stanford study finds

Research & Findings   |   February 13, 2017

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Finally, a sobering article by Sue Shellenbarger for the Wall Street Journal, in which she summarizes a recent Stanford University Study. She claims “Preteens and teens may appear dazzlingly fluent, flitting among social-media sites, uploading... read more

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Librarians share their predictions for education trends in 2017

Research & Findings   |   January 13, 2017

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The educational book publisher Scholastic asks “eight outstanding librarians” for their predictions of key developments in education for the coming year. Their contributions include silent conversations in the classroom, paperless libraries, makerspace technology (use of... read more

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