Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Should We Ban Cell Phones in the Classroom? There Are Good Arguments on Both Sides of the Question. What's Yours?

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Should We Ban Cell Phones in the Classroom? There Are Good Arguments on Both Sides of the Question. What's Yours?

Article excerpt

YOU'D THINK THAT readers of T.H.E. Journal would respond with a resounding "NO!" to the question of whether to ban cell phones in school, but you'd be surprised.

We've run many stories on the topic and we receive a fair amount of reader response in which educators (technology-advocating educators, I should add) are either outright against or have really strong reservations about allowing these devices in classrooms. Take a look at a few of the comments we received on a story back in March:

"As middle school administrator, there are continual issues that must be addressed regarding cell phones. Texting, sexting, cheating, and taking photos during class time, to name a few. Also ensuring students have a top of the line phone with app ability is not feasible, especially in these economic times. Please let's not do something more that increases the pressure on all stakeholders."

"I'm sorry, but even my seniors lack the maturity to use the cell phone as the tool it could be. It is merely a distraction because they are tempted to use it for everything except what I've asked them to use it for. (Same thing goes for teachers in a faculty meeting.)"

"Anything that distracts kids is contrary to good pedagogy. Why is there a belief that all technology is desirable? To paraphrase Jurassic Park: Just because we can, does not mean we should."

"What of the added complication of student phones and other electronic devices being stolen from them and/or students being bullied or attacked in order to do so?"

"Cell phones are one of the worst things you can have in school as they enable maladaptive behaviors. …

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