Excerpt from an article on the Canadian Education Association website:
“Banning student smartphones denies them the chance to learn communication, collaboration, and creation.
I cringe when I hear the horror stories from other teachers about how their board has banned cellphones, Facebook and YouTube. If privacy in a public classroom is the sacrifice that we have to make in order to get the educational benefit out of these devices with video capability, then by all means do it. Students need to be taught that the polite, respectful thing to do would be to ask for permission to videotape your teacher and then respect his/her wishes. It is far better to take these moments where cell phones conflict with lesson plans and teach how to better use these devices properly.