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Distraction or opportunity? Antero Garcia talks about cell phones in the classroom

October 16, 2017
Education professor Antero Garcia believes the ubiquity of mobile media presents an opportunity for teachers.
Education professor Antero Garcia believes the ubiquity of mobile media presents an opportunity for teachers. (Photo: Marc Franklin)
In this episode of School’s In, an education professor makes a case for encouraging mobile devices in class.

To many educators, the prospect of allowing students to use their cell phones in class feels like an invitation to mass chaos.

But these mobile devices can serve as powerful tools for academic and critical learning, according to Antero Garcia, an assistant professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education and author of the new book Good Reception: Teens, Teachers and Mobile Media in a Los Angeles High School.

In this episode of School's In, Garcia joined GSE Dean Dan Schwartz and Senior Lecturer Denise Pope to discuss how mobile devices are shifting the culture of school campuses, what students can learn about trust and relationships in such a digitized environment and the role teachers can play in that process.

“Schools are supposed to prepare kids for whatever comes afterward,” Garcia said on this week’s episode of School’s In. “And that probably involves our relationships with technology.”

Listen from the link below, and find more episodes of School's In at the Stanford Radio main page. The show airs Saturdays on SiriusXM Insight Channel 121.