A Look At The Uses of Smart-phones in School

It was inevitable that technological advances would conflict with conventional classroom laws, and no question is more important than whether or not mobile phones should be allowed in schools. Without historical precedent to direct a course of action, the only choice is to weigh the advantages and disadvantages and come to a reasonable conclusion. Learn more about this at http://padua360.com/opinion/2014/02/10/uses-of-smart-phones-in-school/

The possibility that students can cheat on exams with smart phones is a strong argument against mobile phone use in schools. It’s simple to look up information on Wikipedia or text someone in the class for help. Even if the medium is different, there is really nothing new here. Glancing at a computer isn’t any more difficult than looking at a well-prepared cheat sheet. Besides, it’s simple for teachers to collect mobile phones on test days, and teachers are already required to maintain vigilance against cheating.

The most compelling and obvious argument against mobile phone use in class is that they are distracting. Text messaging is so prevalent and subtle that it’s difficult for teachers to manage, even if the ringer is switched off (something students sometimes fail to do). Teachers have fought creative distractions for decades, and mobile phones aren’t radically different from passing notes. From the viewpoint of the students, they are all guided by the same desire.

In the plus hand, in the case of an emergency, every school has a lockout plan in place. Although different messages can cause uncertainty and worry among parents and outsiders concerned about students, the ability to contact police instantly outweighs this concern. Warnings can be sent from classroom to classroom and a line set up to alert police in the unfortunate event of a school shooting. Yeah, students can cause false alarms and inadvertent delays in the classroom, but the actual probability of saving lives must take priority over the drawbacks of student nuisance (which they don’t need mobile phones to cause anyway).

Cell phones have offered benefits that would have been impossible to achieve on a large scale just a few decades ago. Schools have been searching for ways to finance computers in the classroom for years, and people have been protesting the difference between public and private schools’ ability to do so. Also in inner-city schools, having a student in each classroom who can use the internet as a resource on behalf of the class is not unusual. And if this isn’t the case, smart phones will continue to become more affordable.

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