I am often still baffled at schools who have a “no tolerance” policy for the use of digital tools in the classroom. No phones, no tablets, no nothing. You might have been one of the 2M who saw the professor who indicated “No laptops in class. Do I make myself clear?”
However times are changing. In my current Stats class (practicing teachers/doctoral students), I often find the SmartBoard posing for pictures. After modeling a procedure using software, notations and all, the students whip out their smartphones and click away. It is a CLEVER documentation process as you get the WYSIWYG photo – students can reference the actual screen that they may encounter later on the computer and, as a fully annotated doc in context, it mayvery well make more sense than something documented on paper.
I think the important consideration is that when technology is used to ENHANCE learning, that’s a good thing, but when technology DISTRACTS you from learning, that’s the bad thing. In a classroom with children who are still working on self-regulation, we may need to assist them. But should we take away the potential benefits that technology offers to protect against potential problems. I think it is better to deal with them as they come up and teach responsible citizenship.