No Cell Phones in The Classroom

No Cell Phones In Class!! Breaks it...

This is one way to deal with cell phones interrupting class, I guess:

via Roland Paris

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  1. For some reason I’m picturing a mashup between this and CAGW’s “Chinese Professor” ad.

  2. inhumans99 says:

    This is the second video I have seen in which a professor grabs a cell-phone and slams it on the ground, however, I wonder if they were staged as some sort of “this could happen to your cell phone if you use it in class” PSA type message for students who are tempted to actually take a call / text during class hours.

    The reason I say this is because I would imagine that said professors (teachers / teachers assistant, etc.) would get in hot water for actually destroying their students personal property, and a rather expensive piece of property at that.

  3. michael reynolds says:

    Plus someone was taping — on a phone most likely.

  4. PJ says:

    It’s fake for the obvious and already stated reasons.

    They should really have made one as a found footage film. Have the “teacher” crush the camera used to film the first one being crushed, and then add some comment about the film being recovered from a crushed phone found in a landfill.
    Along with some human bones…

  5. Murray says:

    I used to give lectures and I used the following method to inculcate some savoir vivre rules regarding cell phones.

    I had a tin can with a red cross sticker on it sitting on my lectern which was to receive the 10$ fines I collected whenever a phone rang or even when I caught someone texting.

    Those who got caught handed over the cash without to much fuss because it went to a worthy cause and the can’s visibility made for a good reminder and there were less and less offenders as time passed.

  6. Ben says:


    What exactly gives you the authority to seize money from students for breaking your classroom rules?

  7. James in LA says:

    This is fantasy. If I can grab the coming future and smash it on the floor because I am no longer the center of attention, this will surely stop the future from arriving. Right?

    A smart prof would leverage smart phones, most of which are now super computers in the palm of your hand.