Toronto tried banning cellphones, but found enforcing it to be extremely hard and would impair students from varied learning experiences.
Ontario elementary and secondary school students won't be allowed to bring their cellphones into classrooms, Education Minister Lisa Thompson has announced.
"I think it's a good idea", says Lynn Hutchinson, a local teacher in Windsor.
"The notion that teachers are simply allowing inappropriate cellphone use at the moment is incorrect", he said.
Alberta Education Minister David Eggan said the province will leave it up to teachers and school boards to make their own decisions.
While Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner agrees that cellphones can be a distraction, he is critical of what he describes as the government's "top-down regulation" approach.
The provincial government is set to ban cell phones from classrooms - and many students in Windsor-Essex are not impressed.
"Teachers have developed classroom management strategies that incorporate their supervised use during instruction", the council said in a statement.
The Tory government conducted education consultations a year ago, and while input on the sex-education curriculum dominated headlines, feedback was also gathered on a potential classroom cellphone ban.
Ministry of education officials, speaking on background, said students wouldn't be expected to lock up their phones and while enforcement will be hard, it will be left up to school boards. About 97 per cent of respondents favoured some sort of restriction on phones in class.
"Obviously for emergency purposes, for medical purposes and for specific courses that require technological platforms - they'd be permissible", Progressive Conservative MPP Stephen Lecce told CTV News Toronto.
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association appears to have a similar statement.
As the Ontario government is looking at banning cellphones in schools, some people are on the fence about whether or not an outright ban is the way to go.
It states that personal electronic devices, like cellphones, should support classroom activities and that teachers would guide and monitor student access to their use.
Spokesman Ryan Bird said the TDSB encourages appropriate uses of technology in classrooms.
This isn't the first time such a ban has been in place.