Nova Scotia has no plans to ban cellphones in the classroom

Ontario to ban cellphones in classrooms

"Ontario's students need to be able to focus on their learning", Ms Thompson wrote.

Over the past number of years, school boards across the province have been using more technology to teach, and Fields said his board is no exception.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement Tuesday that a formal announcement is coming soon.

"They're good technology and can be used for educational purposes", says Fields.

The Peel District School Board policy states that students "will use devices responsibly" only after getting permission and direction from teachers.

The impending cellphone ban was initially proposed by the Progressive Conservative party as part of their platform during last year's election campaign.

It would prohibit cellphone use during instructional time. The researcher for the Alberta Teachers Association said he doesn't think a ban will work.

"It was the closest thing we got in our consultation to unanimity", one source said.

At the Windsor Essex Catholic District School Board, spokesman Stephen Fields told BlackburnNews.com the board has a policy in place that leaves the use of cell phones in the classroom up to the discretion of the teacher, but it looks forward to reading the directive from the province.

The government said teachers and parents overwhelmingly supported banning cellphone use during telephone town halls and surveys conducted last fall, in which 97 per cent of the 35,000 respondents advocated for the move.

"The Ford government is just duplicating powers that educators already have to control cellphone use in their classrooms". The board has previously said that enforcing an outright ban was next to impossible, and said that to curb technology use would be to place limits on educational opportunities as well.

In 2015, NY ended its ban on cellphones, giving schools the authority to create their own, in part because parents wanted to be able to contact their children, and it was not equally enforceable.

Davidson says he trusts school and teachers to set rules for what role cell phones play in their classrooms. The improvements were largely seen among the students who were normally the lowest achieving.

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