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Press Release - Taking Education to the Next Level - Schools banning pupils from using their mobile phones in school are trying to resist the inevitable - 4th March 2014

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Press Release

Available for immediate release on 4th March 2014

Allowing pupils to use their mobile phones in school is a very difficult issue for schools but just banning their use is not the answer. Schools that do this are failing to help their pupils understand that having a personal connection to the Internet is hugely important educationally.

There are many schools that have led the way and shown how it is possible to permit use of pupils' phones safely and in a non-disruptive way. In secondary schools in particular many pupils have Internet-connected smartphones. These also have cameras, voice and text memo capabilities and the ability to use QR codes and an astonishing array of apps to support  learning. The educational potential of such phones is immense and really is taking education to the next level - where the schools and teachers help their pupils appreciate the possibilities. All the trends indicate that most young people having a personal Internet connection is inevitable; soon there will be wearable technology and Google glasses that are very similar to normal spectacles.

How schools successfully adopt and embed the use of pupils' own computers and phones is one of the topics that will be discussed at the forthcoming Naace Conference, "Outstanding in a Connected World". As education moves to the next level and capitalises on all that the Internet can offer, it is vital that schools are helped to get the best possible impact on children’s learning.

For more details about the Naace Annual Conference please see http://www.naace.co.uk/events/conference2014

For comment on this and other ways that education is moving to the next level please contact office@naace.co.uk

Notes for Editors

Naace is the National Association for all who are working to take education to the next level of pupil achievement. Schools that are properly capitalising on computer technology and the Internet offer their pupils a curriculum and learning experiences that are not possible without technology, which is the key enabler. This includes the Computing curriculum but is much wider, involving the use of technology to transform pedagogy and learning interactions across the whole school.  We are a community of schools, teachers and all those who work in schools and members of the Education Technology industry, who all share a vision for the role of technology in improving and transforming learning and teaching.

As a professional association, we represent the voice of the UK education technology community in the schools sector at a national and international level, as well as supporting one another across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. We play a key role in members’ professional development, through the challenge and support of a community of practice.

As a charity we aid the development of the profession as a whole and all schools, through the sharing of innovation and expertise, including provision of a range of school improvement tools such as the Self Review Framework and ICT Mark, the 3rd Millennium Learning Award toolbox and online professional development courses through the CPD4Free service.

Press Release - Taking Education to the Next Level - Schools banning pupils from using their mobile phones in school are trying to resist the inevitable - 4th March 2014
Please see the latest press release from Naace below.