๐Ÿ“‘ The Case for Making Classrooms Phone-Free

Bookmarked The Case for Making Classrooms Phone-Free by Tyler Rablin (EdSurge)

Some students are able to control their phone use, but as these devices have become more ingrained in everything we do, that number is dwindling … When we allow students to pick up their phones, even when weโ€™re using them for learning activities, itโ€™s too much temptation.

Tyler Rablin extends on his Twitter thread to unpack the decision to make his classroom phone-free. Although there are many benefits to having a phone in the classroom, Rablin argues that these do not complete with the challenge to our attention offered by a dopamine shot.

If my studentโ€™s goal is to be happy, or experience that dopamine shot, and the options are to get it immediately with their phone or to spend time and effort learning something new and challenging, theyโ€™ll probably opt for their phone because itโ€™s easier. This compounds the fact that many students who havenโ€™t been successful in school donโ€™t actually believe they can have a positive experience with learning.

Rablin discusses the work of Kelly McGonigal and the life we want to live.

In โ€œWillpower Instinct,โ€ McGonigal discusses how willpower is not about saying no to the things you donโ€™t want to do, but itโ€™s about saying yes to the life you truly want to live.

My question is how banning devices actually supports students to learn to constructively live with smartphones? I wonder what happens when students enter the world beyond education? Are there any other productive strategies for supporting students? I also wonder about things such as smart watches too?

แ”ฅ “wiobyrne,” in Algorithmically Plottable Emptiness โ€“ Digitally Literate ()

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