Ya know ... I honestly wouldn't be surprised if children were banned from schools next. Even though this is in Ireland, it's very obvious that this is something that will be considered in the USA next. Note how that, at first, the ban seems somewhat reasonable then the exposition by the principal just moves into the absurd.
As reported by MacMinute:
iPod ban sought by Scottish teacher's union
A story on Scotland's The Herald today reports that one Scottish teacher's union wants iPods banned from schools. "The NASUWT annual conference in Peebles heard that use of gadgets in class created a persistent problem of low-level indiscipline," teachers said yesterday. Scottish president Bill Scott goes even further and says that make-up should also be banned. "No-one needs games or musical gadgets. Rather than spending money on an iPod or a make-up bag for their children, parents would do better to give them a pencil case." Along with iPods, the union wants mobile phones and other electronic devices banned.
Under the Duke University Digital Initiative ... students actually receive iPods as part of their studies at Duke. The iPods are used to record lectures,receive and listen to podcasts from professors, and as data backup and data/project transport.
As far as cellphones ... I have seen a really creative way for kids to use cellphones in classrooms as Bluetooth buzzers and text messaging answers to the teacher in a contest. Phones are collected during tests.