Cell phones dominate classrooms

Junior+Zoe+Picciandra+indulges+in+her+cell+phone+once+she+arrives+at+her+class.
Back to Article
Back to Article

Cell phones dominate classrooms

Junior Zoe Picciandra indulges in her cell phone once she arrives at her class.

Junior Zoe Picciandra indulges in her cell phone once she arrives at her class.

Junior Zoe Picciandra indulges in her cell phone once she arrives at her class.

Junior Zoe Picciandra indulges in her cell phone once she arrives at her class.

Sullivan Meservey, Reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Classrooms have become increasingly mobile device friendly. It’s harder to lose homework and easier to check up on the gradebook. However, many teachers have struggled with a too lenient or too strict policy to monitor educational use of cell phones.

The fact that the phone policy varies from room to room could justify the amount of phone abuse during class time. Behind a teacher’s back, students can snap selfies and play games. While these are harmless activities, it becomes a big problem when activities begin to distract and disrupt. While not all students come to school just to play on their devices, it’s become difficult for teachers to trust students to freely use their phones for research without texting.

When students are trusted to use their smartphones, the teachers are lucky to channel the brains of this generation so easily. It’s a device relevant to the times that can be used for both work and play. Perhaps to get the students that usually goof off to participate in class is to combine those two things. It’s an incentive to get the work done in a familiar fashion. Who doesn’t enjoy Kahoot?

While there are apps available for make crossword puzzles and interactive quizzes, flashcards and study for the SAT, they should be used in an environment with mature students. Underclassmen usually lack the maturity that juniors and seniors have due to their transition from junior high and lack of experience with advanced coursework.

Outside of the classroom, phones are still being used for school work. With something that can access infinite resources, the argument is that a student doesn’t have the excuse to not pull up their electronic textbook and study on their phones wherever they may be. Teachers should be considering the benefits of integrating cell phones into the classroom.

Cell phones are always going to show up on campus. They’re between the thumbs of almost every student during passing periods and glued to ears in the lunchroom. The battle against the excessive use of phones without academic purpose can be won, though. With a policy that can aid the students that might not be able to focus on classwork with a cell phone nearby, cell phones can earn their place in the classroom as a device that’s used by sensible hands only.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Showcase

    Bear Facts Takes to a New Outlet for Reporting

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Campus Life

    Formal Senior Pictures too Risqué?

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Commentary

    Undocumented and Unheard

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Campus Life

    Long time traditions end due to political incorrectness, practicality

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Entertainment

    The Amazing Life of Stan Lee

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Campus Life

    Game of Tiaras at fall festival is a hit

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Showcase

    Bear Facts Takes to a New Outlet for Reporting

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Campus Life

    Bear Tracks yearbook staff excelling in 2019 yearbook creation

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    Entertainment

    Night School: Everyone deserves second chances

  • Cell phones dominate classrooms

    News

    Computer Virus Creates Longer Term Frustrations in the District

Navigate Right
The student news site of Bastrop High School
Cell phones dominate classrooms