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To Ban or Not to Ban? Video Training on Cellular Phone Policy Development

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This video describes how to create a cellular phone policy that research shows will increase affective learning outcomes in your classroom. It includes lots of information you should consider when determining whether or not to ban cell phones. The video is a few seconds over 40 minutes in length.

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8 comments on “To Ban or Not to Ban? Video Training on Cellular Phone Policy Development”

  1. Thank you, that was really helpful. I can see specific ways I can improve, and why I should. I liked the friendly, relaxed tone of the video and found it easy to follow. My only other comment is that hearing the word 'rapport' mispronounced over and over took my attention away from the topic—I'm easily distracted! Looking forward to the next video.

    1. For some reason that word is super hard for me to pronounce -- r's are difficult when you're from the South, lol. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. This was very good. I started thinking more about the idea that my students might still be able to regurgitate detail about the lesson--but their cell phone misuse might be hindering their ability and opportunity to feel the spirit, which is actually more important (at least to me).

    1. Excellent point! I think reasoning with students is a great thing to do -- I'll see if I can't work this into my techniques video, which should come out tomorrow.

  3. I enjoyed the video and appreciates the reasons that you gave to use cell phones. I found it helpful to think about the affective learning that we hope is going on instead of just the cognitive. I found the overuse of the word “rapport” a little distracting. Maybe it was the frequency or maybe the different pronunciation, either way it detracted from your overall message.

  4. I enjoyed the training video. For the first time, our stake gave the green light to use cell phones. At the semester, it was revoked for a few reasons. I’m sure distractions was one of them. Part of the problem for me was how little we were using them appropriately in the classroom. We have a few students that don’t have phones, so it felt unfair to spend lots of time on the app. With students using different methods of learning, it was quite disjointed time wise. I felt as if I was teaching two different classes. In addition, I had a difficult time getting through the course material as it was, let alone spending time on the app. I’ll be interested to see how you approach the gospel library app and if you have suggestions on how to handle classroom settings when not everyone has phones.

Post Date: March 10, 2020
Author: Jenny Smith
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Jenny Smith is a designer who started blogging in 2004 to share lesson and activity ideas with members of her home branch Mississippi. Her collection has grown, and she now single-handedly manages the world's largest collection of free lesson help for LDS teachers with faceted search. Her library includes teaching techniques, object lessons, mini lessons, handouts, visual aids, and doctrinal mastery games categorized by scripture reference and gospel topic. Jenny loves tomatoes, Star Trek, and her family -- not necessarily in that order.
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