Cellphones

Learn more about cellphones in K-12 schools—whether they are being banned, used as instructional tools, or something in between
A cell phone sits on a student's desk during a 9th grade honors English class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
A cellphone sits on a student's desk during a 9th grade honors English class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
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Ed-Tech Policy States Are Cracking Down on Cellphones in Schools. What That Looks Like
State officials are increasingly taking action to curb student cellphone use.
Arianna Prothero, May 23, 2024
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Ed-Tech Policy When Schools Want to Ban Cellphones—But Parents Stand in the Way
Educating parents on the real threats cellphones pose to their children can help allay their concerns about safety.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 21, 2024
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Ed-Tech Policy Video Cellphone Policies in Schools, Explained
Educators have multiple factors to consider when deciding how to handle cellphones in schools. Education Week breaks them down.
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Ed-Tech Policy One School Leader Banned Cellphones, the Other Embraced Them. What Worked?
Two principals describe their dramatically different policies on cellphones and how they are working.
Arianna Prothero, May 14, 2024
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A student holds a cell phone during class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
A student holds a cellphone during class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
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Student Well-Being Cellphone Headaches in Middle Schools: Why Policies Aren't Enough
Middle schoolers' developmental stage makes them uniquely vulnerable to the negative aspects of cellphones. Policies alone won't help.
Elizabeth Heubeck, May 14, 2024
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Elementary students standing in line against a brick wall using cellphones and not interacting.
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Student Well-Being Teachers Want Parents to Step Up to Curb Cellphone Misuse. Are They Ready?
A program from the National PTA aims to partner with schools to give parents resources on teaching their children healthy tech habits.
Arianna Prothero, May 10, 2024
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Classroom Technology Opinion Let's Not Oversimplify Students' Cellphone Use
Vilifying the technology, including social media, is easier than digging into the societal issues that contribute to mental health issues.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 2, 2024
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A cell phone sits on a student's desk during a 9th grade honors English class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024.
A cellphone sits on a student's desk during a 9th grade honors English class at Bel Air High School in Bel Air, Md., on Jan. 25, 2024. The policies that districts and schools use to manage the use of cellphones during the school day vary widely.
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Ed-Tech Policy 6 Ways Schools Are Managing Students’ Cellphone Use
Students' cellphone use has been a major source of headaches for teachers and principals.
Lauraine Langreo, April 25, 2024
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Ed-Tech Policy How Teachers' Unions Are Involved in the Fight Against Cellphones in Class
Could cellphone bans be the next big issue at the bargaining table?
Madeline Will, April 24, 2024
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Vector illustration group of students feeling bored at lecture, demotivated young people.
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Teaching Cellphones and Beyond: Teachers' Ideas on What's Hindering Learning
Teachers on social media give their two cents regarding the major factors contributing to students' apathy toward learning.
Tanyon A. Duprey, April 18, 2024
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Teaching Student Apathy Is a Big Classroom Challenge, Teachers Say. Cellphones Aren’t Helping
The distractions of cellphones compound a general lack of interest in learning, a new national survey of teachers shows.
Madeline Will, April 4, 2024
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Close up of elementary or middle school white girl using a mobile phone in the classroom.
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Student Well-Being Can SEL Help Students Curb Their Own Cellphone Use?
Experts say that a combination of SEL skills and better school policies would help curb student cellphone use.
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Teaching Opinion Should Cellphones Be Permitted in Classrooms? Teachers Offer These Strategies
Teachers can play a role in helping students figure out appropriate times for using their phones.
Larry Ferlazzo, February 7, 2024
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Bored teen girl using cell phone in a class at school.
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School Climate & Safety Managing Cellphones in Classrooms: Tips From Teachers
There's a growing movement to ban student cellphones at school, but many teachers still must manage the problem on their own.
Arianna Prothero, January 3, 2024
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