Should students be able to use their phones in the classroom?

Ashley Tromp, Contributor

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          It’s 2018 and almost everyone is lucky enough to have some kind of phone. These devices were made to make people’s lives easier, but how does it benefit students when they are in a learning environment. Does it benefit them at all?

          High school teachers, especially, have a hard time controlling whether their students are properly using their phones in class. But should schools just ban cell phones in the classrooms?  Mary Brown, a writer for schoolmoney.org, says that cell phones provide students a way to contact their parents in an emergency. Education apps are being created to help out students with their classes. These apps are designed to help students in specific grade levels on very specific topics. Since teens are fond of their devices,  teachers can use that to their advantage.  By proving that there is more than social media for a phone, the teacher is providing a positive outlet and a different look at the cellular device. Having a phone in the classroom can be of use if a students need a calculate something,to search facts, and even to take notes. However, although having a phone in the classroom provides many helpful resources, these resources can have negative results. Having a cell phone in the classroom can make it easier for a student to cheat. If a phone rings or vibrates, it might disrupt the classroom and the people in it might consider that rude. It can also be an easy way to get distracted from class work. A notification from Snapchat can easily distract a student. Having a phone in class may also lead to kids distracting their peers.  

Phones provide students with an easier way to find new information, write down notes,and have a way to communicate with their parents if they ever needed to. Students should learn the consequences of using their phones incorrectly, but the privilege should still be given to them. After all,it is 2018.

 

 

 

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