Although phones definitely can help students learn, they also can be distracting and not educational. Becky Dieffenbach believes that bringing phones to school "becomes a source of distraction for some students,.. no matter how many times you repeat the rule that they can only be on technology when the teacher says it’s ok, they choose to ignore the rule and then disciplinary actions have to be enforced.” (Kiema) She thinks that phones should not be allowed in classrooms, and the bans should continue.
A School Takes A Stand
One school in Canada tried out using phones in school 9 years ago, and it was a success. Their principal said: "Some thought we were crazy... some embraced the idea initially... about 90 percent came to say it was a good idea... they saw it as a tool for learning.” (David Rapp).
Subjects that were previously difficult to monitor are now easy with phones. According to scholastic, a teacher named Carla Dolman, “Previously, she found it difficult to monitor each of the different groups... kids who had video functions on their phones could record their discussions... and she could watch... without missing a moment” (Rapp).
Students record their teacher's speech to help them study for an upcoming test.
In this study, many of the kids did not have phones, and more have them now; about 40% more. The schools realize that if they use phones now, it will be more successful.
Should The Bans Continue?
Overall, there are pros and cons for both having phones, and not. It is up to Individual schools on whether they believe that their students can handle distractions.
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