Classroom Ban on Personal Tech Due to Fears of Distraction

by PR Newswire

Canvas, the team behind the Virtual Learning Environment from the software-as-a-service company Instructure Inc, released new research today that shows how personal tech devices are being banned in classrooms due to teachers’ fears that they will cause distraction, although many recognise they may have future uses in the classroom.  The study reveals that more than one-third of teachers (34 percent) in the UK have banned personal devices like mobile phones and tablets from the classroom – significantly more than in U.S. schools (23 percent). Many teachers (62 percent) believe such technology distracts students from learning, although the profession remains broadly open to the potential future benefits, with three quarters (74 percent) agreeing that when integrated effectively and used as an education tool rather than a leisure device, such technology can make their job easier.

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