Allow Cellphones in Class

by Dare_Dev on November 20, 2013 - 12:10pm

Focus: Cellphones, why block them from our classes when we can use them at an educational level.


-          I mentioned how cellphones are used as an amazing tool for communication, information gathering etc.

-          On average we use our cellphones at least five times a day.

-          We can use our cellphones to surf the web in case we would like to know more about something our teacher could be teaching us. Of course there would have to be limits, as using your cellphone the whole class is relatively excessive, and rarely during that time someone would be inquiring new information.

-          We’ll always be able to access things from our phones as long as we’re connected to the internet. With this we can easily finish our class work on our phones and just upload it to a server of some sort.

-          With all the tools/apps we can download onto our cell phones, we can use all these to our advantage, examples could be dictionaries, calculators, as well as many other things, such as translators, even remote controls.

Although the chances of this ever happening are slim to none as everyone abuses their ability to use their cellphones in class. I’d like to show mainly why our generation and the next generations to come would be working more effectively with cellphones in classes, rather than them using a dictionary or other things as we’re not only saving trees but we’re being more efficient as a human being. Even though the cellphones were made originally for calling we as people have been more and more closely working with technology to improve it in every way possible over the past 80 years.


The subject is compelling because I myself was in a student board in high school and the issue came up many times. Students would claim that cellphones had many useful applications that could be used in class. They also said that in case of emergencies it was important to have a cellphone to call 9-1-1 or communicate with family and etc. On the other hand, the school would claim that often students could use their cellphones as a mean to intimidation (social networks, pictures, videos, messages and etc.) and that is was also a tool for cheating. The school also believed that cellphones are a source of distraction to the students with its games and music. It was a very controversial subject but the school concluded it was ok for the students to have the cellphones in their lockers, but not on their own person. Cellphones were allowed at school after or before class hours, but confiscated if we were to be seen with it. Being a student, my perspective is quite valuable on the matter. Having heard both sides though is a real eye-opener to. I believe that the school’s claim are very important to consider. Embarrassing pictures of teenagers are sent everyday through mobile devices. Teachers are often taken in video when they go into and outburst which is then sent from person to person. Cellphones are also a huge cheating threat considering pictures can be taken of exam answers and even text messages during exams.
Although I do not believe having the cellphone in our pockets is wrong. The use itself is the problem. Saying we use are cellphones up to 5 times a day doesn’t look like an argument itself. We don’t need to use our cellphones every day, in fact, I know people who do not own cellphones and these people are better off without it. Claiming that cellphones have an educational use is easy and true, but now schools are equipped with computers and IPads that use safe networking to improve the learning environment. Computers are a much more practical and serious way to study and work then cellphones are, in my opinion. Also, believing that cellphone abuse is slim is maybe overlooking the danger. The article I read mainly speaks about the abuse of cellphones by students being a danger to themselves and the teachers. While doing your research, consider the many dangers of cellphones use no matter the age, even at the Champlain now there are “Spotted” pages with hateful messages sent by cellphones and these messages are often anonymous. Therefore, I believe cellphone use should be prohibited from class.

Cellphones are great. They help you in your daily lives and there's an app for almost everything nowadays. All things have downsides and there are many negative aspects that come with cell phones. Many schools have started to incorporate computers and tablets into their curriculum. Rather than printing dozens of sheets for handouts, teachers can send them electronically to their students. Although tablets and computers have social media and messaging systems like cell phones do, they are blocked which is a great way to keep students focused. If students were allowed cell phones in class, there would be no way to disable their personal messaging systems. Also, the screens are quite small so it would be very inefficient to type a 9000 word essay on a phone. Cell phones are distracting and since we use them enough before and after school, 8 hours without them could do us some good.

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