I asked teachers around my school of what they think of cell phones in their classrooms and what action have they taken to reduce the problem. Below are what teachers had to say about the issue:
Ms. Holloway – DAPCEP, Chemistry & Physics Educator
“Electronics should be checked in at the start of class. They should be put in a box until class is over, which is what I used to do when taught in my other classes. Plus, it can be a nuisance to stop a lesson to redirect a kid from playing 8 ball in class.”
Ms. Williams – Basic Law, Civics & Economics Educator
“It all comes to how the student uses the electronic device. If they are using their cell phone for music to get through an assignment, I’d be okay with it. But if the cell phone causes a distraction, then they shouldn’t be in the classroom. It depends on the circumstance.”
Mr. Hernandez – Spanish Educator
“Regarding those diabolic inventions which tends to trap our student’s senses, I would be much happier if they just left them in the office, first thing in the morning!!! Students would only be allowed to use phones or tablets in class for educational purposes (e.g., Kahoot, Socrative, some research, etc.). What I mean is that a cell phone should be a tool helping students to achieve greater educational goals. From my experience, I can tell is just the opposite: many students tend to spend (waste??) a lot of time on those devices dealing with stuff not related AT ALL to what’s going on in the class. As a consequence, no educational goals achieved so grades go down. Besides, as teachers. we have to (TRY to) teach them that they cannot be on their cell phones at any time no matter what they are doing. What would you think if you knew a surgeon was performing a really serious heart surgery and he just stopped to text someone back in the middle of the whole thing? No way!!
Then, I asked some students on what they think about the same issue:
Audreanna Hardwell – High School Sophomore
“When kids use their cell phones, teachers don’t really know if they are actually using it for actual classwork. It disrupts the classroom routine and then kids will get mad when the teachers begin to take them.” I think they shouldn’t be allowed in the class.
Christa Taylor – High School Junior
“How do you know if kids are actually working on classwork if they are texting and playing games?”
Tianna Lewis – High School Senior
“I think cellphone should be in school because any thing could happen. There can be a shooter in the building or a power outage. In the event of an emergency, you need to be able to reach home without the use of a school phone. Even though it can be a nuisance in the classroom, it’s only a nuisance if you start it first. With that being said, I’d say yes, cell phone should be in school.”
If cellphones were a disturbance in the classroom, should be be allowed in the class? Have students participate in the survey via link
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To conclude, cell phones have a place in the classroom, but not all the time. Most of time, teens are caught texting and playing games while instruction is going on. This can take away from the kids who are trying to learn something. The teacher shouldn’t have to stop an entire lesson to debate with students over this. It can be addicting if it is not put under control