The shock of the new

Francis Gilbert’s article in today’s Guardian about using mobiles in the classroom seems to have engendered a hige amount of vitriol. Yet he makes a number of valid points, not least the fact that phones are ubiquitous and will be increasingly difficult to detect, especially when they are embedded in spectacles or watches in the near future. Gilbert’s suggestion that teacher’s should embrace these technological marvels seems more applicable to teachers like myself who work in rigorously disciplined schools than those who do crowd control dressed up as teaching but at least he seems to be engaging with the problem rather than slipping on a Ned Ludd facemask and shouting ‘burn the witch.’


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