Jill and I were up for debate #5 “Cellphones should be banned in the Classroom”. This was exactly the topic I wanted (sorry Jill) and I stand strong on the affirmative side! Don’t get me wrong, I am all for technology in the classroom- as long as it is purposeful. The issue I have is with students’ personal cellphones and all that they bring with them. I teach grade 6 in a Pre-K to 8 school and the rule in our school is that phones must be powered off and stored in students’ locker for the school day. They are not allowed to ‘manipulate’ their cellphone while on school property. Our students are awesome at following this policy. I get an inside view of what it is like at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School as my husband is a VP and my daughter is in grade 12. I hear about the plans being made during class time by students to meet to vape in the bathroom or to buy drugs in the parking lot. I know these practices would still happen…but I don’t think it would be as convenient. Even though cellphones are restricted during class times at the high school, I can text my daughter and she replies immediately…many teachers don’t want the confrontation with students to ask them to put their phones away.
The negative side of the debate had a great video that ended with a slogan “DON’T MAKE A BAN, HAVE A PLAN”. I appreciate the great work this team did and they definitely swayed many of our classmates with their strong argument.
This is the first time I can remember participating in a ‘debate’. To be honest I was nervous about doing it…but it was a great experience thanks to my great partner and supportive classmates (and professor). I had never used WEVideo before so the learning curve was steep but enjoyable.