Phones in schools

2019-03-21 06:02

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has released guidelines to schools on cellular phones and other mobile technologies in public schools.

WCED says while there are some negative perceptions about the use of cellphones at schools, the use of mobile devices for educational purposes can outweigh the disadvantages. However, the use of mobile devices needs to be managed thoughtfully and responsibly to ensure the protection of children.

It is essential that schools are aware of how to manage cellphones and mobile devices so that learners have positive and safe experiences when using these devices.

The learners also need to understand the implications of irresponsible use and need to be accountable for their behaviour. It is also essential that parents/guardians share the responsibility, as access to technology is not confined to the school or the time spent in the school environment.

Some of the advantages of the use of cellphones and mobile devices in the school environment include:

. Enabling instant communication using it as a memory tool to make quick notes (voice, video or images);

. Calendar to organise educator or learner activites/events;

. Information tool allowing for quick access to information and resources;

. The sharing of files and information for academic and professional purposes;

. Easy automated assessments;

. Simulating physical experiences on a digital platform to boost creative and critical thinking;

. Gamification using play as a creative and innovative approach for assessment and learner engagement.

Cellphones and mobile devices have to be managed in an educationally sound manner, and schools should have in place a policy on the use of cell phones and mobile devices with the input from all stakeholders (school SMT, governing body, parents, teachers, and learners); and have regular cyber wellness seminars addressing all relevant concerns related to the use of cell- phones and mobile devices.

For more information, please visit the cyber wellness e-learning page.

V For more information go to https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/elearning/elearning-cyber-wellnessV For more on the guidelines go to https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/circulars/minutes18/CMminutes/edel5_18.pdf

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has released guidelines to schools on cellular phones and other mobile technologies in public schools.

WCED says while there are some negative perceptions about the use of cellphones at schools, the use of mobile devices for education can outweigh the disadvantages. However, the use of mobile devices needs to be managed thoughtfully and responsibly to ensure the protection of children.

It is essential that schools are aware of how to manage cellular phones and mobile devices so that their learners have positive and safe experiences when using these devices.The learners also need to understand the implications of irresponsible use and need to be accountable for their behaviour. It is also essential that parents/guardians share the responsibility, as access to technology is not confined to the school or the time spent in the school environment.

Some of the advantages of the use of cellular phones and mobile devices in the school environment include

. Enabling instant communication using it as a memory tool to make quick notes (voice, video or images);

. Calendar to organise educator or learner lives; Information tool allowing for quick access to information and resources;

.The sharing of files and information for academic and professional purposes;

. Easy automated assessments;

. Simulating physical experiences on a digital platform to boost creative and critical thinking;

. Gamification using play as a creative and innovative approach for assessment and learner engagement;

Cellular phones and mobile devices have to be managed in an educationally sound manner, and schools should have in place a policy on the use of cellular phones and mobile devices with the input from all stakeholders (school SMT, governing body, parents, teachers, and learners); and have regular cyber wellness seminars addressing all relevant concerns related to the use of cellular phones and mobile devices.

For more information on cyber wellness in schools, as well as, additional information on e-Safety in schools, please visit the cyber wellness e-learning page.

V For more information go to https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/elearning/elearning-cyber-wellnessV For more on the guidelines go to https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/circulars/minutes18/CMminutes/edel5_18.pdf

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has released guidelines to schools on cellular phones and other mobile technologies in public schools.

WCED says while there are some negative perceptions about the use of cellphones at schools, the use of mobile devices for education can outweigh the disadvantages. However, the use of mobile devices needs to be managed thoughtfully and responsibly to ensure the protection of children.

It is essential that schools are aware of how to manage cellular phones and mobile devices so that their learners have positive and safe experiences when using these devices.The learners also need to understand the implications of irresponsible use and need to be accountable for their behaviour. It is also essential that parents/guardians share the responsibility, as access to technology is not confined to the school or the time spent in the school environment.

Some of the advantages of the use of cellular phones and mobile devices in the school environment include

. Enabling instant communication using it as a memory tool to make quick notes (voice, video or images);

. Calendar to organise educator or learner lives; Information tool allowing for quick access to information and resources;

.The sharing of files and information for academic and professional purposes;

. Easy automated assessments;

. Simulating physical experiences on a digital platform to boost creative and critical thinking;

. Gamification using play as a creative and innovative approach for assessment and learner engagement;

Cellular phones and mobile devices have to be managed in an educationally sound manner, and schools should have in place a policy on the use of cellular phones and mobile devices with the input from all stakeholders (school SMT, governing body, parents, teachers, and learners); and have regular cyber wellness seminars addressing all relevant concerns related to the use of cellular phones and mobile devices.

For more information on cyber wellness in schools, as well as, additional information on e-Safety in schools, please visit the cyber wellness e-learning page.

V For more information go to https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/elearning/elearning-cyber-wellnessV For more on the guidelines go to https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/circulars/minutes18/CMminutes/edel5_18.pdf

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