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Teaching Mobile Phone Etiquette

6 February 2011 No Comment


Been thinking about mobile phone etiquette a bit lately… especially as I work with people who continue to use the mis-use of cellphones by teenagers as their main argument for not bringing mobile devices in classrooms.

While there are serious issues to be addressed with teenagers - such as the use of phones for bullying that I don’t dispute at all - I do believe that this issue could be far better addressed by lifting the bans on student cellphone use.  However, recently I came across this neat little poster promoting cellphone etiquette.  As I went through the list, it struck me how few of these cellphone faux pas that in my experience teenagers are actually guilty of committing!!!

While students today have grown up never knowing a world without cellphones, they are still a technology that are new to society as a whole and we are all still responsible for negotiating our own social etiquette surrounding these devices - not just bemoaning the new generations and the way they appropriate what are essentially our (older generations) technology - not forgetting that it is our generations who have developed the technology in the first place!!!

Can’t believe that my first blog post of the year is about the ‘controlled use of cellphones’ … feels so wrong.  But it is my experience that this remains one of the most relevant topics to the majority of teachers with whom I am talking at the moment.

Mobile phone use by students is still a highly contentious issue with teachers and in schools still resisting moving towards new, mobile technologies in the classrooms.  We have a wonderful opportunity to shape the way we want mobile phone use appropriated in a socially acceptable way - although when I look at the list above I wonder if it is in fact the students themselves who could be the better teachers of cellphone etiquette to older generations…

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