Supporters of the use of cellphones in class say that the phones can be used as an educational learning tool in some lessons, but only when the teacher specifically asks for the use of it. Almost all modern smart phones have Internet access and the students are usually able to download some very useful learning applications, for example a graphing calculator app for math or an online dictionary for a different language. A high school in Winnipeg has made a use of cellphones by including them in their recent book study, which involved students sending responses to their teacher’s question in video and audio formats (Mario, Danielle).
To a certain extent they are right; however, what happens with the students that do not own a cellphone or with those that are not willing to use their phone for the purpose prescribed by the teacher? After we have seen this evidence it is obvious that those students could not be included in the work the students with a cellphone do (John, Bradley).
Opponents of the idea of banning the use of cellphones claim that it is important for students to carry a phone with them so that the parents are able to stay in contact with their children, and in the case of an emergency it is possible to call somebody for help.
The article “No cellphones in school” states that some parents are opposed to removing the use of cellphones in school because they have grown accustomed to “keeping tabs” on their children (unknown author).
However, what we are discussing here is not really convincing, because the students would still be able to call their families with the teacher’s phone. But on the other hand, Rhonda Kimberley-Young, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, stated “[i]t’s increasingly becoming an issue for teachers,” (Chinta, Puxley).
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From this, it is obvious that cellphones are sometimes a huge distraction for teachers, because the students’ phones often ring during class time and interrupt the lesson. Although cellphones can have a negative impact on students in the classroom, there are ways that they can also be helpful in the learning process of a student. Through the extension of technology, almost every school has Wi-Fi so that the students have access to the Internet and are able to do research on it. This opportunity really makes research more efficient because it reduces the time the students have to spend on searching in books.
Therefore they have more time to analyze their research and to understand it better. Maria Babbage explains that “[t]hey can be a major distraction, but there is a “right way” to use them in school” (Babbage, Maria).
But now that cellphones are internet devices, the potential for mischief or abuse by a lot of students has grown. This has resulted in many students arriving at school with a phone, taking it to class and communicating with their friends via social networks, such as Facebook, Twitter or sending and receiving text messages.
That is why almost every teacher is grappling with how to stop students from using their phones during class time. A public-opinion poll revealed that 37% of Canadian teenagers use their cellphone to talk or text to their friends during school hours (Shaw, Gillian).
Another really big problem that appears in a lot of countries is that a few students use their phones during tests or sometimes even exams. There are a lot of different possibilities to cheat with phones or electronic devices. For example, the students are able to text their friends to ask them for help.
There is also the possibility to record the voice. That would give them access to the correct answers. In conclusion, it is obvious that cellphone use is a very important part of a teenager’s development and life. It is important for teenagers to experience until it impedes or interrupts their learning. The use of cellphones in school can be a very useful method of learning however, the teachers should be able to control the use of them and if necessary, collect them before the lesson starts. The most important thing that the parents can do is teach kids how to use phones wisely (Babbage, Maria).
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