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Monday, 12 October 2009

Teachers should relax about pupils' mobile phones – they can boost standards and liven up the lesson if used imaginatively

It appears lots of teachers like me are up in arms about pupils using mobile phones in the classroom. Teaching unions are terrified that if schools don't ban them absolutely, chaos will ensue: the internet will become awash with pictures of teachers' cleavages and embarrassing slip-ups, pupils will never listen to anything being taught because they're too busy texting and bullying and abuse will increase exponentially.

To a certain extent this may be true, but it doesn't get away from the fact that mobile phones are here to stay and are increasingly becoming a vital part of our modern world. As teachers we have a duty to show children that these pieces of technology are not taboo items – that they are not as harmful as cigarettes and heroin – and that they can have a very real role in the classroom.

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