Rather than discussing if using smartphones in the classroom is necessary, this article discusses giving students the opportunity to lay down the rules as part of a classroom agreement. In my classroom, I ask my students to abide to a "community agreement" on the first week of school where all the students come up with their own guidelines and rules of how they think our classroom community should operate.
This article details studies that reveal that students do better when they are allowed to use their devices. The article also brings up a point about encouraging digital citizenship and reducing cyber bullying as a result.
This publication details loss of performance while texting. Although this publication is against cell phone usage in the classroom, we might think of constructively using cell phone as a learning tool to deter texting.
Although some schools are adopting more lenient cell phone policies, others opted for a zero tolerance cell phone policy. As an administrator, zero tolerance cell phone policies have never boded well with students or parents. Some parents feel safe giving their kids cell phones. I personally prefer using technology as an asset and using students' knowledge of this technology to their benefit.
This is a great overall video showing the need for students to be "plugged in" and how channeling that need can be beneficial to their learning. The author compiled a lot of different resources and gave me an overall idea of how cell phones can be used in the classroom.
This is an interesting list of ways to incorporate smartphones into daily learning, even with twitter. One of my colleagues uses Instagram to engage his high schoolers and when I started posting homework online, my students turned in their homework much more often.
This article discusses smartphones as useful tools for homework reminders, educational applications, and even noise control. The noise control idea is a new one that I have not considered, but it intrigues me very much.