Posted by: Hilary Gibney
Smart phones are in and the teacher’s policy handbooks are out. Schools around the country are beginning to see that students not only use their phones to keep in complete contact with their friends,but for learning and educational purposes.
Media Shift did a study, and found that people have a harder time completing everyday tasks without the use of their phones. Cell phones have become not only a communication tool but also a handheld computer. These mini computers have everything from high-speed-Internet, maps, notepads, photo and video recorders, calculators and books. Not to mention the technology that the students are holding in their pockets is faster and more up -to-date than most of the technology schools have to offer! And this advancement in tools puts no costs on the school.
Jamie Williams, a high school teacher, states his opinion on the use of cell phones in his class.
My high school’s policy is cell phones should be off and out of sight. If seen, they are taken and the student is written up. Our handbook says students may use phones with teacher permission. I’m a huge tech nerd and make my students use their phones throughout my class. My biggest gripe is that most students have these great smartphones and barely use the device to a 10th of their potential.
It is becoming apparent that cell phones are more than just a tool we use, but in fact, a tool that we need. Personally, I know that when I forget to bring my phone along, I would rather turn around to retrieve it and be 15 minutes late to a meeting than sit there with the torturous thought of knowing that my phone is not in my bag. Some people complain about how technology is taking over the world, and they are right. Is it a bad thing? No. I think we can use this to our benefit. Yes, there will always be ways to abuse powers, but we now have the absolute convenience to have any information we desire with the click of a button.
I applaud the schools willing to go forward with the technology of the 21st century and allow cell phones. These phones are great tools that the students will be able to use and receive fast, reliable information in the palm of their hand.
What do you think teachers should do? To use cell phones or not to use cell phones? I can’t wait to see the day when my professor stops saying “Everyone take out your pencils” and starts saying, “Everyone take out your cell phones.”