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      Mobile phone bans 'improve school exam results'

      Mobile phone bans 'improve school exam results' - BBC News
      Banning mobile phones from schools has the effect of giving pupils an extra week's education over the course of an academic year, researchers say.

      The study, published by the London School of Economics, looked at schools in four English cities and found test scores increased by more than 6% in those which banned phones.

      Low-achieving and low-income students improved the most, researchers claim.

      More than 90% of British teenagers own a mobile phone.

      Report authors Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy say despite the benefits of new mobile technology phones cause distractions, reduce productivity and are detrimental to learning.

      'Reduce inequality'


      "We found that not only did student achievement improve, but also that low-achieving and low income students gained the most," the economists said.

      "We found the impact of banning phones for these students was equivalent to an additional hour a week in school, or to increasing the school year by five days."

      The report surveyed the test scores of secondary schools in Birmingham, Leicester, London and Manchester before and after phone bans were introduced.

      Since April 2007, teachers have had the legal right to confiscate items from pupils but there is no UK government policy about mobile phone use in England with individual schools making their own policy.

      In March, New York mayor Bill De Blasio lifted a 10-year ban on phones on school premises saying it would reduce inequality.
      But the report authors disagree.

      "The results suggest that low achieving students are more likely to be distracted by the presence of mobile phones while high achievers can focus in the classroom regardless of the mobile phone policy," the study says.

      "Schools could significantly reduce the education gap by prohibiting mobile phone use, and so by allowing phones, New York may unintentionally increase the inequalities of outcomes."
      Comment: I'm sorry, but who let the children ave their phones in the classroom in the first place?


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      Re: Mobile phone bans 'improve school exam results'

      Quote Originally Posted by Scubbie
      who let the children ave their phones in the classroom in the first place?
      Nevermind the classroom, how about the exam room?

      Should you be able to Google in your exams? - BBC Newsbeat

      The head of one of the country's biggest exam boards says students should be allowed to use Google during exams.
      Mark Dawe, from OCR, argues that "everyone has a computer available to solve a problem but it's about how they interpret the results".
      He said: "We have tools, like Google. Why would you exclude those from students' learning?".

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      Re: Mobile phone bans 'improve school exam results'

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      Nevermind the classroom, how about the exam room?

      Should you be able to Google in your exams? - BBC Newsbeat
      Yes and we had tools as well when we took exams they were called text books but we weren't allowed to take them into the exam room. Whilst we have idiots like this in charge, and this isn't the only example of idiocy taking over, this country will just continue to go down the drain.

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      Re: Mobile phone bans 'improve school exam results'

      Whilst it might be considered great by many to allow text books, calculators, mobile phones, tablets, computers, etc., into the Exam room, I guess the first and most important question to ask is "What does the candidate know?"

      There was a time when calculators were banned. Then simpe calculators were allowed and finally scientific calculators were allowed.

      Many of the older generation can quickly work out simple sums in their heads because that is what they were taught. I doubt that many of the current generation can do the same.

      My difficulty with all this is something I was taught whilst doing a computing course at college. What is the backup procedure?

      Simply turn off the electric and watch those candidates fail.

      Put the on a small boat in the middle of the Red Sea for a week with a generator that only works for a few hours each evening and they'll be completely lost.

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      Personally i think that calculators can have their place in a certain type of maths exam.

      Students are taught how to use them in class & there's finite scope for what they can do with it.
      It's just a tool which offers no unfair advantage to any one student.

      Google / the internet though?
      Well aside from some kind of IT / resources exam, that's just crazy.
      The day one student can achieve higher marks than others purely because they know the internet better will be the beginning of the end.

     

     

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