Do cell phones in class pose an academic threat?

Grace Prep has a no cell-phone in the classroom policy for students. They may only use them off campus, but not during class time. If caught with it in class, they must pay a $20 fine to get it back.
Does this have a positive effect on the students, and does it help them academically?
Kids these days depend on their phones, without it many would suffer the deprivation of internet. People today have become fairly dependent on their cell phone. It has become part of most Americans’ routine, and when one loses part of their routine, everything goes awry.
Children these days on average get a cell phone at the age of 11 according to Ruki Sayid, a writer for Mirror magazine. According to Pew research, Teens and Technology 2013, around 78% of teens today have a cellular device of some sort.
Cell phones and iPads here are prohibited, but I believe students should be allowed to use them in class.
The reason they are not allowed here, is because GPA wants to remove distraction from class, and remove the temptation to use technology for academic dishonesty, according to Dean of Students Phil Smith. Banning cell phones during class also keeps students from taking the lazy approach to learning by relying on technology for information rather than using their minds.
GPA also feels that banning phone use in the class removes the social hindrance that technology can bring when students interact with their phones but don’t interact face to face with people.
Last, it reminds our students that they are not dependent upon their phones/technology according to Smith.
Anytime a student is inside the building, it is forbidden to have a cellular device out. If caught with such a device it is taken up and the student is fined $20.00.
So far this year, in the case of a student using their cell phone during class, approximately 2% have had their phone taken up and had to pay for it.
About 10% of our students here have been caught using their phone after school while still in the building. When this happens, they are reminded to take it outside and the phone is not taken up if the student responds appropriately, but if the student were asked and does not follow, then the phone is taken.
I believe students could use cell phones and technology in class as a tool for instruction. Many other schools, such as the Arlington Independent School District, have already gotten with the trend of allowing phones in class, and leave it up to the teachers as to whether the students can have them out during class or not to use.
Today’s society is based around technology, other schools have even started a program called Bring Your Own Technology, where some classes allow technology such as a laptop, iPad, cell phone, etc. in class.
Mansfield Independent School District gives each student an iPad to use all year long, in lieu of textbooks. MISD students download all of their textbooks onto the iPads, saving their backs from carrying the weight of so many books. It is also less expensive to download them, than to buy hard copies.
“To some students, technology is considered a ‘touchy subject,’” said Senior Austin Proctor. “I just feel like we have grown up in a technology era that is just evolving metamorphically.”
Technology in the world today is growing for both education and pleasure.
The use of technology during school could be fairly beneficial, but at the same time “harmful,” according to Rhonda Satterfield, a study hall official. “It can be a good thing when used properly but harmful when used with the wrong intentions.”
While teachers here do use technology in the classroom for instruction, and conduct certain classes in the computer lab, for now, GPA does not intend to allow students phones, computers or iPads in class.
However monitoring technological use can prevent the improper use of it. This can create a healthy medium between completely banning technology and allowing it.
Allowing and monitoring technology would only benefit the student’s education, especially in Study Hall, where they can be monitored.
Students do not have a chance to cheat on tests or quizzes in an off period. Monitoring this activity will make sure the student is not texting his friend or playing games, but the student is in fact looking for something to assist them with whatever they may be doing.
Yes, there will be some rebels who will only use technology for non-educational purposes. In any situation there will be a person doing something wrong, or using something for the opposite reason of its true purpose.
Please don’t assume introducing technology into the classroom isn’t worth a try though.
Not only does technology save quite a bit of time, but it also allows students to learn at their own pace.
Technology also allows students to stay more involved in their learning. They control their progress by getting the chance to pick and choose what lesson and when. Allowing technology in school will also prepare students for a future in the 21st century.
It will better prepare students for college, where not only are all the professor’s syllabus and many lectures are online, but often, so are the books and homework. This happens a lot in college math especially.
Much of college math class is conducted online, both the homework, and the video tutorials.
Saying nah to technology is a definite no. This year should be the year Grace Prep is revolutionized and allows technology, at least in some classes. The student body’s education will only be benefited..

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