It May be Time to Go Cellular! the struggle of phones in classrooms

Uses in the classroom

Uses in the classroom

Did you know that 82% of students in CMS have used their phone in class, and yet half of them have used it for non-school related topics? But banning phones in classrooms would certainly be a mistake, as more than half of CMS agrees that it helped their learning. However, cell phones are also distracting, and with half of students having used them not in the intended purpose, what should we do?

It is plain to see the uses of cell phones in the classroom.They can be used for many things. Some examples are: checking the time, video recordings of projects, taking pictures of homeworks and then sending the photos to teachers, kahoot, and much more.

Many students at CMS say that homework should be totally online. that would get rid of more paper use, and also eliminate the famous ¨My dog ate my homework!” excuse, along with many others. Having cell phones in class would allow students to start their homework in their free periods or after school.

Helpful Devices

Many students at CMS say that homework should be totally online. that would get rid of more paper use, and also eliminate the famous ¨My dog ate my homework!” excuse, along with many others. Having cell phones in class would allow students to start their homework in their free periods or after school.

Cell phones can also be lifesavers in emergencies, literally! Veeti Happonen from CMS says, “cell phones could be really useful in an emergency because you can call your parents”. For example, say you get lost during a field trip. Being able to call or contact your teacher in some way might be your only way back to them, and luckily, you have your cellphone!

Or maybe something less extreme, say you thought you were going to your friends house, but your mom wants to cancel the plan. She can call you and all will be well

Cons and Destractions

It is important, however, to acknowledge the cons of cell phones. Many people from CMS have admitted to using there cell phones to talk to other students and play games during class. While cell phones can be serious distractions, we have the technology to remotely turn off or simply collect cell phones during class If it becomes necessary. we can also block certain games, websites, and apps, so now we are not left with any cons...

Other Uses

Having cell phones in class makes new possibilities. For example, new learning methods could be used at cms, because while computers are big and bulky to carry around, smartphones can fit in your pocket. Half of the students here agree that it helped their learning. some of the students at cms said they used for a classwork assignment that involved qr codes!

Cell phones have not traditionally been used in the classroom, but the pros outway the cons. Students used to have to devote hours at the library trying to find books about topics. Now with cell phones, they can look something up and bam! Tons of sources right at our fingertips.

Another reason is the absence of paper. Did you know that 3-6 billion trees die every year for paper? With portable cell phones, we can eliminate paper from schools all over the world, saving billions of trees. Charles Hulina from CMS says, “We use way too much paper on homework, especially the big packets!”

it is evident that cell phones could help schools, all over the world. The new possibilities with cell phones are endless. To not use them would be our mistake.

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