CellPhones in Classrooms
CellPhones in Classrooms
Educationis regarded as an important aspect of a country`s economy it is thebackbone of every development projects and plans in a society. Aneducated society grows faster because of the exposure the individualhave through education. Education not only gives one the skills tospecific areas in life that lead to a career but also helps to openup minds of people where they can think outside the box, be creativehence general development. According to Davies, 2013 cell phones inclassrooms is a major topic of debate on whether learners should beallowed to carry them to class or not, Saudi Arabia is among the manynations facing challenges on the decision to make in the learningcenters on the handling of cell phones.
Theissue is an important factor considering the effects put forward bythe parties against the devices in classes claiming it is a totaldistraction towards the learning process. The parties who think thatcell phones should be allowed in classes have substantial reasons asto why they think so having a general view of how technology shouldbe used in always to improve and make education easier and moreefficient to the learners. It is, therefore, important to address theissue that currently affects the whole world considering it is the21st century where the teenagers who are the learners are so muchinto technology trends. Education being a key factor in any communityand country at large, nothing should be compromised on itseffectiveness while at the same time any measures to improve itshould not be overlooked. This article, therefore, analyzes reasonsfor and against the issue.
Reasonsfor the Issue
Cellphones are substituted for the laptops and other devices used in thelearning process. Students have a reason to stay back in class withtheir cell phones because they are useful in accessing relevanteducational materials just like the computers. Laptops, for instance,are a bit bulky for students to move around the schools with them ontheir backs just like the laptops, phones have a word, documenteditors and enough storage space where students can have their notessaved for quick reference while in class (Farah, 2011). Cell phonescan be viewed as another improved generation of the computers fromthe first generation desktop computers to laptops and now cellphones, considering the features in a smartphone that a higherpercentage of the students possess.
Studyingand taking notes are another good reason for allowing the cell phonesin classrooms. In the technology development age, every item is beingreduced in size and increasing the mobility and portability level.Books and files are being outdated in the education programs and cellphones in this case, smartphones can be used instead of paper andpen. Students have the ability to type quickly important notes ontheir phones while the lectures are going on without having thebother of enough writing material and space. After note taking inclass, it is much easier when a free time comes up, while in a bushome, for instance, students can have a quick look at their notes onthe cell phones as part of studying, this improves the learningprocess (Katz, 2008).
Educationalpurposes Cell phones have enough features where the learners canaccess educational material in the various learning fields. TheInternet is almost a necessity in the current world where everyservice and programs are found online, therefore, people need to beconnected all the time to get quick access to the aspects andservices they need in life. Students in the educational field and thewhole learning process should take advantage of the same and maximizeon technological devices such as phones. Data for physicspractical’s, for instance, can be collected and recorded bystudents anywhere they get information quickly and be able to sharewith the group members on the phone through various applicationsinstalled on the smartphones.
Efficiencystudents, can conduct their discussions online like on laptops wherethey have their chat groups for their educational benefit. In SaudiArabia for instance, most families prefer day schools as compared toboarding hence students do not have enough time on their own fordiscussions because of the class schedules in the day, online forumsthrough the cell phones work so well for such people. They do nothave to carry along their laptops everywhere a cell phone is enoughanywhere to get help in educational matters at any time.
Reasonsagainst the issue
Socialnetwork and games on the cell phones completely disrupt the learningprocess. In as much as a student will be connected to educationalsites or specifically taking notes while the lecture is going onpop-ups and updates on the various group chats and social networksthey are signed up for will catch the attention. A shared funnyYouTube clip, for instance, comes up in the middle of a lecture itwould be hard for the learner to resist the temptation of watching itand in the process losing points being made by the tutor. Games inthe other hand would be a quick solution in case a learner gets boredin the middle of a lecture (Jaclyn, 2013).
Textingfriends would also be a distraction to the learner. In the currentcentury and the world today where the teenagers are always on theirphones with text messages being the quick and most used form ofcommunication, it would be difficult for the learner to concentratein a lecture room while receiving a text from a friend who might bein the same class sharing a joke.
Suitingthe web there are various websites on the Internet platform forentertainment that can be easily accessed by the cell phones. Musicvideos and pictures of entertainment can actually drift a learnerfrom the classroom and get nothing out of a whole lecture. Accordingto Morris 2011, high school students, for instance, are the worstbecause the course works and syllabus is relatively compact comparedto students in colleges, loss of concentration in a high school classwould affect a student`s performance.
Cheatingand undermining the quality of education. Students have the access toevery material regarding the course work that one is pursuing.Therefore, there would be no much sense in one attending the classesto take notes it is viewed as a repetition while one can get theknowledge at the comfort of their beds, this would undermine and leadto disrespect for the tutors. Questions asked in class, and quicktests would not be effective in testing the learners understandingbecause the answers would be quickly searched on the Internet henceundermining the quality of education (Stephanidis, 2015).
Cellphones should be allowed in classrooms. The efficiency and positiveeffects on learners regarding the available educational materials andprograms is critical to improving education quality and standardsthat are actually substantial reasons supporting the issue. Thegroup, however, thinks that the risks and reasons against it shouldalso be considered. Therefore, in as much as the phones are allowedin classrooms, the Internet that the students are using which isprovided by the school administrations should be restricted tovarious sites where learners are only privileged to access importanteducational sites as opposed to social networks.
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