The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

# Stabbed By a Pencil

Why are we allowing our students to use pencils in the classroom setting? Based on a Google search that I conducted recently, I was amazed at the number of pencil stabbing incidents that take place on a yearly basis. Don't get me wrong, pencils are great and they do wonders for a student's educational experience. Let's be real though, when is the last time you heard someone saying they should not be allowed in school?

Yet many schools are still reluctant to infuse social media, mobile learning devices, and Web 2.0 tools as a way to engage learners because of the issues that could arise. How many times do you encounter a conversation amongst adults about how evil social media and cell phones are? On a daily basis school districts are drafting policies pertaining to the acceptable use of the internet, social media, and technology. Why not pencils as well? Based on my findings they seem just as dangerous as educational technology.

The point that I am trying to make is that it is no longer acceptable for school districts to prohibit mobile learning devices and social media in the school setting. I understand that these tools can be used inappropriately, but so can pencils and toilet paper. Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube are already being utilized by many school's in so many positive ways. Cellphones, Smartphones, iPod Touch's, iPads, and eReaders are being leveraged throughout the world to provide relevant learning experiences for students. As long as school stakeholders collectively work together to ensure educational technology is being utilized safely there is no reason why it shouldn't be commonplace just like a pencil.

Views: 71

Comment

Join The Educator's PLN

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

## Latest Activity

John Marsh posted a blog post

### Calculus Tutoring

Calculus is originated from a Latin word ‘calculus’ and literally, it signifies 'small pebble'. However, it is a mathematical study related to continuous change, similarly the algebra, geometry, and others. There are two different prominent branches of calculus Differential Calculus (concerned with the slopes of the curve and rates of change) and Integral Calculus (related to the areas between…See More
Tuesday
Ethan Dunwill posted a blog post

### How to Stay Connected to Your Family While You Are Teaching Abroad

Say you’ve always wanted to teach English abroad, you studied hard and that new TESOL/TEFL Certificate is in your hot little hands and now,…See More
Apr 12
Dorothy Hastings posted a status
"Every child has a different learning style. Understanding how your child learns is important. Read more... https://bit.ly/2HvHMC3"
Apr 12
"Writing an argumentative essay is very different from writing an academic essay. However, even in an academic essay, you’d still be hoping to persuade the reader to agree with your point of view. This is because you are advocating a certain…"
Apr 11
Lynea Preston joined Steven Isaacs's group

### Online Teaching and Learning

Share resources, strategies, and experiences related to online teaching and learning.See More
Apr 9
Naini Singh updated their profile
Apr 7
Daisy B. Badilla, Megan Eader, Monica Haley and 1 more joined The Educator's PLN
Apr 7
Megan Eader liked Steven Cortez's discussion Online Classroom - Science Labs
Apr 7