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Unformatted text preview: ttp://cellphones.lovetoknow.com/Pros_of_Cell_Phones_in_School 1.Although​ ​much​ ​of​ ​the​ ​public​ ​debate​ ​is​ ​against​ ​it,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​pros associated​ ​with​ ​allowing​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​in​ ​school.​ ​These​ ​advantages should​ ​not​ ​be​ ​ignored​ ​since​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​in​ ​schools​ ​can​ ​actually​ ​add value​ ​to​ ​the​ ​educational​ ​experience,​ ​rather​ ​than​ ​simply​ ​be​ ​a detriment​ ​to​ ​it. Instant​ ​Communication Although​ ​you​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​you​ ​will​ ​never​ ​have​ ​to​ ​do​ ​this,​ ​you​ ​sometimes​ ​need​ ​to​ ​get in​ ​contact​ ​with​ ​your​ ​school-aged​ ​child​ ​while​ ​they​ ​are​ ​in​ ​class.​ ​This​ ​could​ ​be because​ ​of​ ​a​ ​death​ ​in​ ​the​ ​family,​ ​an​ ​accident​ ​or​ ​other​ ​family​ ​emergency​ ​that​ ​may require​ ​his​ ​or​ ​her​ ​attention​ ​and/or​ ​attendance.​ ​By​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​call​ ​your​ ​child directly,​ ​you​ ​also​ ​help​ ​alleviate​ ​the​ ​workload​ ​of​ ​the​ ​school's​ ​administrative​ ​team. This​ ​is​ ​particularly​ ​useful​ ​during​ ​recess​ ​and​ ​lunch​ ​hours​ ​when​ ​students​ ​aren't​ ​in class​ ​and​ ​may​ ​be​ ​difficult​ ​to​ ​find.​ ​The​ ​problems​ ​with​ ​knowing​ ​where​ ​your children​ ​are​ ​after​ ​school​ ​could​ ​also​ ​be​ ​reduced​ ​if​ ​parents​ ​had​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​call them​ ​and​ ​vice​ ​versa.​ ​Text​ ​messages​​ ​can​ ​make​ ​communicating​ ​easy​ ​and​ ​discreet. Learning​ ​Aid Students​ ​who​ ​have​ ​a​ ​smartphone​ ​can​ ​use​ ​various​ a ​ pplications​​ ​that​ ​are​ ​designed to​ ​assist​ ​in​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​designed​ ​just​ ​for​ ​students.​ ​Many​ ​of​ ​these​ ​smartphones have​ ​programs​ ​that​ ​are​ ​similar​ ​to​ ​what​ ​is​ ​found​ ​in​ ​a​ ​laptop​ ​or​ ​desktop​ ​computer. Being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​quickly​ ​look​ ​up​ ​facts​ ​on​ ​the​ ​internet​ ​is​ ​possible​ ​on​ ​many​ ​phones.​ ​If​ ​a student​ ​needs​ ​assistance​ ​with​ ​classwork​ ​and​ ​does​ ​not​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​a​ ​computer, a​ ​smartphone​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​in​ ​a​ ​snap. Calendar Nearly​ ​every​ ​mobile​ ​phone​ ​has​ ​a​ ​built-in​ ​calendar​ ​function​ ​and​ ​this​ ​can​ ​be​ ​very useful​ ​for​ ​kids​ ​who​ ​have​ ​a​ ​hard​ ​time​ ​remembering​ ​test​ ​dates,​ ​assignment​ ​due dates​ ​and​ ​other​ ​such​ ​details​ ​where​ ​time​ ​is​ ​of​ ​the​ ​essence.​ ​By​ ​putting​ ​these​ ​in​ ​a​ ​cell phone​ ​organizer​ ​and​ ​assigning​ ​an​ ​alarm,​ ​they'll​ ​never​ ​forget​ ​again!​ ​After​ ​all, paper-based​ ​agendas​ ​and​ ​notebooks​ ​can​ ​be​ ​easily​ ​lost,​ ​forgotten,​ ​overlooked​ ​or scribbled​ ​over. GPS​ ​Tracking GPS​ ​tracking​​ ​can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​benefit​ ​of​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​to​ ​parents​ ​who​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to keep​ ​tabs​ ​on​ ​their​ ​children's​ ​whereabouts.​ ​GPS​ ​tracking​ ​a​ ​cell​ ​phone​ ​can​ ​provide peace​ ​of​ ​mind​ ​to​ ​concerned​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​teachers​ ​if​ ​a​ ​student​ ​is​ ​reported​ ​missing or​ ​has​ ​gone​ ​somewhere​ ​of​ ​concern. Store​ ​Emergency​ ​Contact​ ​Information Important​ ​phone​ ​numbers​ ​can​ ​be​ ​easily​ ​stored​ ​in​ ​cell​ ​phones.​ ​For​ ​students,​ ​this can​ ​be​ ​important​ ​in​ ​case​ ​they​ ​become​ ​sick​ ​while​ ​at​ ​school​ ​or​ ​are​ ​in​ ​an​ ​emergency situation.​ ​Their​ ​cell​ ​phone​ ​can​ ​contain​ ​important​ ​numbers​ ​such​ ​as​ ​their​ ​parent's work,​ ​doctor's​ ​office,​ ​dentist,​ ​who​ ​to​ ​call​ ​in​ ​case​ ​of​ ​an​ ​emergency​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as numbers​ ​of​ ​close​ ​family​ ​members​ ​and​ ​friends. Remember​ ​to​ ​Weigh​ ​Both​ ​Sides Students​ ​bringing​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​to​ ​school​ ​has​ ​both​ ​positive​ ​and​ ​negative​ ​consequences​. Many​ ​schools​ ​have​ ​set​ ​rules​ ​in​ ​place​ ​regarding​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​and​ ​whether​ ​they​ ​are permitted​ ​in​ ​the​ ​school​ ​or​ ​classroom.​ ​Parents​ ​can​ ​decide​ ​whether​ ​their​ ​child should​ ​bring​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​to​ ​school​ ​-​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not​ ​against​ ​the​ ​rules​ ​-​ ​and​ ​set appropriate​ ​guidelines​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​the​ ​phone. The​ ​source​ ​of​ ​much​ ​public​ ​debate,​ ​the​ ​issue​ ​of​ ​whether​ ​to​ ​allow children​ ​and​ ​teens​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​their​ ​mobile​ ​phones​ ​to​ ​school​ ​has​ ​been discussed​ ​and​ ​debated​ ​at​ ​length​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country,​ ​but​ ​even​ ​now, there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​clear-cut​ ​answer​ ​or​ ​conclusion.​ ​There​ ​are​ ​many arguments​ ​against​ ​allowing​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom. 2.​ Cheating Obviously,​ ​kids​ ​won't​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​take​ ​out​ ​their​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​and​ ​talk​ ​to​ ​one​ ​another in​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​during​ ​an​ ​exam,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​concept​ ​of​ ​"passing​ ​notes"​ ​has​ ​stepped into​ ​the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​technology,​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​text​ ​messaging​.​ ​Texts​ ​can​ ​be​ ​sent​ ​quite discreetly​ ​while​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom.​ ​Taking​ ​it​ ​one​ ​step​ ​further,​ ​a​ ​student​ ​can​ ​excuse himself​ ​to​ ​go​ ​to​ ​the​ ​washroom,​ ​only​ ​to​ ​use​ ​that​ ​time​ ​to​ ​send​ ​text​ ​messages​ ​and leave​ ​voice​ ​mails. It's​ ​also​ ​important​ ​to​ ​bear​ ​in​ ​mind​ ​that​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​are​ ​advancing​ ​and​ ​improving faster​ ​than​ ​ever.​ ​Smartphones​ ​can​ ​surf​ ​the​ ​Web,​ ​providing​ ​high-tech​ ​ways​ ​for students​ ​to​ ​look​ ​for​ ​test​ ​answers​ ​online.​ ​Some​ ​models​ ​have​ ​advanced​ ​calculators, and​ ​depending​ ​on​ ​the​ ​software​,​ ​may​ ​even​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​run​ ​custom​ ​applications​​ ​that can​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​academic​ ​dishonesty.​ ​The​ ​possibilities​ ​for​ ​cheating​ ​and​ ​copying are​ ​literally​ ​limitless​ when​ ​students​ ​have​ ​access​ ​to​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​in​ ​class. Theft Young​ ​people​ ​can​ ​be​ ​very​ ​competitive,​ ​fighting​ ​for​ ​popularity​ ​among​ ​their​ ​peer group.​ ​This​ ​can​ ​manifest​ ​itself​ ​into​ ​stealing​ ​if​ ​a​ ​particular​ ​individual​ ​brings​ ​an especially​ ​expensive​ ​cell​ ​phone​ ​to​ ​school.​ ​The​ ​last​ ​thing​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​do​ ​is​ ​to​ ​tempt the​ ​would-be​ ​thieves​ ​by​ ​sending​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​school​ ​with​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​equipment that​ ​make​ ​him​ ​or​ ​her​ ​a​ ​target.​ ​Lockers​ ​are​ ​more​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​be​ ​broken​ ​into,​ ​for example,​ ​if​ ​they​ ​know​ ​there​ ​is​ ​something​ ​of​ ​value​ ​in​ ​there. Illicit​ ​Pictures Kids​ ​will​ ​be​ ​kids,​ ​so​ ​with​ ​hormones​ ​raging​ ​during​ ​their​ ​school​ ​days,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a distinct​ ​possibility​ ​that​ ​some​ ​students​ ​may​ ​take​ ​pictures​ ​that​ ​they​ ​shouldn't​ ​be taking.​ ​Given​ ​that​ ​nearly​ ​every​ ​cell​ ​phone​ ​these​ ​days​ ​has​ ​a​ ​built-in​ ​digital​ ​camera​, it​ ​becomes​ ​too​ ​easy​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​picture​ ​of​ ​someone​ ​without​ ​the​ ​person​ ​even noticing.​ ​These​ ​photos​ ​are​ ​also​ ​easily​ ​uploaded​ ​and​ ​shared​ ​over​ ​the​ ​Internet.​ ​Can you​ ​imagine​ ​the​ ​uproar​ ​if​ ​pictures​​ ​were​ ​to​ ​arise​ ​of​ ​girls​ ​in​ ​the​ ​dressing​ ​room​ ​or boys​ ​in​ ​the​ ​locker​ ​room? Socioeconomic​ ​Diversity Cell​ ​phones​ ​can​ ​easily​ ​become​ ​seen​ ​as​ ​status​ ​symbols​ ​among​ ​students.​ ​In​ ​some schools,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​the​ ​more​ ​privileged​ ​kids​ ​that​ ​own​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​or​ ​that​ ​have​ ​the​ ​latest phone​ ​on​ ​the​ ​market.​ ​This​ ​can​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​envy​ ​and​ ​cause​ ​socioeconomic​ ​diversity among​ ​students.​ ​Those​ ​with​ ​lower-end​ ​phones​ ​or​ ​no​ ​phones​ ​at​ ​all​ ​often​ ​become jealous​ ​and​ ​resentful.​ ​Those​ ​with​ ​the​ ​higher-end​ ​phones​ ​can​ ​show​ ​them​ ​off​ ​and look​ ​down​ ​on​ ​those​ ​who​ ​don't​ ​have​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​phone. Target​ ​for​ ​Predators Many​ ​students​ ​use​ ​the​ ​internet​ ​or​ ​access​ ​social​ ​media​ ​sites​ ​without​ ​teacher​ ​or parent​ ​supervision.​ ​These​ ​students​ ​can​ ​be​ ​targeted​ ​by​ ​predators.​ ​Predators​ ​lurk in​ ​chat​ ​rooms,​ ​on​ ​social​ ​media​ ​sites​ ​and​ ​other​ ​websites​ ​that​ ​are​ ​of​ ​interest​ ​to students.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​smartphones​ ​and​ ​other​ ​devices,​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​hard​ ​to monitor​ ​a​ ​student's​ ​online​ ​activity. The​ ​Other​ ​Side​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Story Realize​ ​that​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​are​ ​not​ ​necessary​ ​a​ ​bad​ ​thing​ ​for​ ​students​ ​to​ ​have​ ​and carry​ ​to​ ​school.​ ​Just​ ​as​ ​there​ ​are​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​cons​ ​to​ ​allowing​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​to​ ​be used​ ​in​ ​school,​ ​there​ ​also​ ​a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​pros​​ ​too.​ ​Parents​ ​can​ ​decide​ ​if​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​is appropriate​ ​for​ ​their​ ​child​ ​and​ ​set​ ​guidelines​ ​on​ ​how​ ​they​ ​want​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be​ ​used. Many​ ​schools​ ​also​ ​have​ ​set​ ​rules​ ​on​ ​whether​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​are​ ​permitted​ ​or​ ​not​ ​so​ ​it is​ ​best​ ​to​ ​check​ ​with​ ​the​ ​school's​ ​specific​ ​policy​ ​before​ ​sending​ ​your​ ​child​ ​in​ ​with a​ ​cell​ ​phone. 3.​ -days-its-cool/ Smartphones:​ ​Benefits​ ​galore​ ​for​ ​schoolwork Smartphones​ ​give​ ​students​ ​a​ ​wealth​ ​of​ ​creative​ ​options​ ​to​ ​enhance​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​experience,​ ​including: ● ● ● Access​ ​to​ ​the​ ​internet​ ​for​ ​research​ ​and​ ​referencing Access​ ​to​ ​e-mail The​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​snap​ ​a​ ​picture​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day’s​ ​homework​ ​assignment​ ​scribbled​ ​on​ ​a​ ​whiteboard​ ​or take​ ​a​ ​short​ ​video​ ​of​ ​a​ ​key​ ​lecture​ ​moment ● ● Apps​ ​like​ ​Evernote​ ​to​ ​store,​ ​catalog,​ ​and​ ​annotate​ ​smartphone​ ​photos Apps​ ​like​ ​ResponseWare​ ​that​ ​convert​ ​smartphones​ ​into​ ​classroom​ ​“clickers”​ ​that​ ​can​ ​answer multiple-choice​ ​questions ● ● ● Recording​ ​lectures​ ​with​ ​Voice​ ​Memo​ ​and​ ​other​ ​third-party​ ​note-taking​ ​apps Using​ ​QR​ ​codes​ ​to​ ​find​ ​relevant​ ​websites​ ​with​ ​a​ ​simple​ ​click Keeping​ ​track​ ​of​ ​schedules​ ​and​ ​dates Coping​ ​with​ ​distracted​ ​and​ ​disengaged​ ​students Sam​ ​Evans-Brown​ ​recently​ ​posted​ ​an​ ​excellent​ ​blog​ ​about​ s​ martphones​ ​in​ ​class​​ ​on​ ​the​ ​NPR​ ​“All​ ​Tech Considered”​ ​page.​ ​In​ ​it,​ ​teachers​ ​say​ ​that​ ​if​ ​students​ ​are​ ​actively​ ​engaged​ ​in​ ​class,​ ​they’re​ ​much​ ​less​ ​apt​ ​to search​ ​for​ ​other​ ​things​ ​on​ ​their​ ​phones.​ ​Also,​ ​if​ ​you​ ​designate​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​kids​ ​can​ ​text​ ​at​ ​will,​ ​they’re disinclined​ ​to​ ​conduct​ ​“pocket​ ​texting”​ ​or​ ​“sweatshirt​ ​texting”​ ​during​ ​lessons. According​ ​to​ ​one​ ​teacher​ ​Evans-Brown​ ​interviewed,​ ​emphasizing​ ​good​ ​digital​ ​citizenship​ ​goes​ ​a​ ​long​ ​way towards​ ​discouraging​ ​cyberbullying​ ​and​ ​the​ ​posting​ ​of​ ​embarrassing​ ​content. Smartphone​ ​use​ ​by​ ​teachers:​ ​Twitter​ ​and​ ​PLNs In​ ​a​ ​thoroughly​ ​researched​ ​article​ ​for​ ​eLearn​ ​magazine​,​ ​author​ ​Clint​ ​LaLonde​ ​discusses​ ​how​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of smartphones​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​Twitter​ ​accounts​ ​has​ ​greatly​ ​enhanced​ ​the​ ​utility​ ​of​ ​Personal​ ​Learning Networks,​ ​or​ ​PLNs,​ ​for​ ​educators. Based​ ​on​ ​results​ ​from​ ​a​ ​phenomenological​ ​study​ ​with​ ​multiple​ ​K-12​ ​teachers,​ ​LaLonde​ ​provides​ ​a​ ​broad range​ ​of​ ​benefits​ ​for​ ​using​ ​Twitter​ ​to​ ​connect​ ​with​ ​peers,​ ​which​ can​ ​then​ ​serve​ ​as​ ​a​ ​“very​ ​personal​ ​and intimate​ ​construct”​ ​to​ ​“access​ ​the​ ​collective​ ​knowledge​ ​of​ ​a​ ​PLN.”​ ​These​ ​benefits​ ​include: ● ● ● The​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​have​ ​spontaneous​ ​conversations​ ​with​ ​PLN​ ​members Allowing​ ​for​ ​ambient​ ​participation​ ​by​ ​other​ ​interested​ ​educators,​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​by​ ​observing Interested​ ​Twitter​ ​users​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​PLN​ ​can​ ​“drop​ ​in”​ ​on​ ​conversations​ ​and​ ​offer​ ​relevant feedback​ ​and​ ​advice ● Obtaining​ ​virtually​ ​instant​ ​assistance​ ​to​ ​solve​ ​problems,​ ​whether​ ​in-class​ ​or​ ​on​ ​a​ ​more​ ​strategic level,​ ​and​ ​having​ ​potential​ ​solutions​ ​vetted​ ​by​ ​a​ ​trusted​ ​group​ ​of​ ​cohorts ● ● Subscribing​ ​to​ ​Twitter​ ​hashtags​ ​of​ ​interest​ ​and​ ​developing​ ​shared​ ​objectives Using​ ​Twitter​ ​to​ ​amplify​ ​ideas​ ​to​ ​a​ ​larger​ ​audience,​ ​often​ ​in​ ​conjunction​ ​with​ ​a​ ​blog If​ ​educators​ ​teach​ ​respectful​ ​and​ ​appropriate​ ​use​ ​of​ ​technology​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​and​ ​use​ ​it​ ​to​ ​build​ ​their skills​ ​as​ ​well,​ ​the​ ​future​ ​of​ ​education​ ​technology​ ​looks​ ​bright. 4.​ While​ ​many​ ​parents​ ​allow​ ​children​ ​free​ ​reign​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Internet​ ​at​ ​home,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​a​ ​debate​ ​on​ ​the pros​ ​and​ ​cons​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​devices​ ​at​ ​school.​ ​Let’s​ ​take​ ​a​ ​look​ ​at​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​positives​ ​and negatives​ ​of​ ​electronic​ ​devices​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​for​ ​teacher​ ​and​ ​students. Pros​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​devices​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom Here​ ​are​ ​some​ ​benefits​ ​of​ ​allowing​ ​digital​ ​technologies​ ​in​ ​school. ● Peace​ ​of​ ​mind​:​ ​Cellphones​ ​and​ ​smartphones​ ​can​ ​offer​ ​parents​ ​a​ ​little​ ​more​ ​peace​ ​of ● mind​ ​when​ ​their​ ​children​ ​are​ ​at​ ​school.​ ​Parents​ ​know​ ​that​ ​in​ ​an​ ​emergency​ ​the student​ ​can​ ​contact​ ​them​ ​and​ ​vice​ ​versa.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​more​ ​and​ ​more​ ​cellphones​ ​and smartphones​ ​contain​ ​GPS​ ​devices​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​tracked​ ​if​ ​necessary. Wide​ ​range​ ​of​ ​music​ ​available​:​ ​Sure,​ ​we​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​think​ ​of​ ​kids​ ​listening​ ​to​ ​their​ ​pop, hip​ ​hop​ ​and​ ​rap​ ​music​ ​on​ ​digital​ ​devices,​ ​but​ ​we​ ​should​ ​remember​ ​that​ ​all​ ​music​ ​is available.​ ​This​ ​can​ ​give​ ​students​ ​access​ ​to​ ​classical,​ ​jazz,​ ​big​ ​band​ ​and​ ​early​ ​rock​ ​‘n’ roll.​ ​Students​ ​can​ ​have​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​compare​ ​and​ ​discuss​ ​the​ ​differences​ ​in these​ ​styles​ ​in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​that​ ​is​ ​familiar​ ​to​ ​them. Cons​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​devices​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom Here​ ​are​ ​some​ ​potential​ ​negative​ ​impacts​ ​of​ ​using​ ​devices. ● Harmful​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​devices​:​ ​There​ ​are​ ​concerns​ ​from​ ​the​ ​EPA​ ​about long-term​ ​exposure​ ​to​ ​wireless​ ​devices​ ​and​ ​computer​ ​screens.​ ​While​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no direct​ ​evidence​ ​of​ ​harmful​ ​effects,​ ​the​ ​EPA​ ​would​ ​discourage​ ​too​ ​much​ ​exposure​ ​for students​ ​who​ ​have​ ​video​ ​screens​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​their​ ​faces​ ​or​ ​computers​ ​in​ ​their​ ​laps.​ ​If students​ ​frequently​ ​use​ ​these​ ​devices​ ​at​ ​home,​ ​additional​ ​exposure​ ​at​ ​school​ ​could be​ ​viewed​ ​as​ ​harmful. ● Inappropriate​ ​materials​:​ ​While​ ​schools​ ​can​ ​limit​ ​the​ ​availability​ ​of​ ​websites​ ​that​ ​can be​ ​viewed​ ​on​ ​their​ ​network,​ ​students​ ​may​ ​find​ ​links​ ​that​ ​slipped​ ​through​ ​the​ ​system. There​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​times​ ​that​ ​students​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​accessing​ ​the​ ​Internet​ ​through​ ​a monitored​ ​network.​​ ​. ● Child​ ​predators​ ​and​ ​cyberbullying​:​ ​Child​ ​predators​ ​are​ ​a​ ​problem​ ​everywhere. Using​ ​digital​ ​devices​ ​at​ ​school​ ​creates​ ​just​ ​that​ ​much​ ​more​ ​exposure​ ​and​ ​potential danger​ ​for​ ​students.​ ​In​ ​addition,​ ​cyber​ ​bullying​ ​is​ ​also​ ​an​ ​increasing​ ​issue.​ ​Permitting use​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​devices​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​could​ ​potentially​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​more​ ​of​ ​it. ● Provide​ ​a​ ​‘dis-connect’​:​ ​While​ ​some​ ​believe​ ​digital​ ​devices​ ​make​ ​for​ ​greater connections​ ​for​ ​students,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​those​ ​who​ ​believe​ ​too​ ​much​ ​time​ ​with​ ​digital devices​ ​provide​ ​a​ ​disconnect​ ​of​ ​students​ ​from​ ​face-to-face​ ​social​ ​activities,​ ​family communications​ ​and​ ​nature.​ ​Digital​ ​devices​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom​ ​would​ ​probably​ ​lead​ ​to an​ ​even​ ​greater​ ​such​ ​disconnection. Should​ ​schools​ ​permit​ ​digital​ ​devices? There​ ​are​ ​school​ ​districts​ ​that​ ​have​ ​seen​ ​great​ ​improvements​ ​by​ ​allowing​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​digital devices​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom.​ ​What​ ​is​ ​clear​ ​is​ ​that​ ​if​ ​such​ ​use​ ​is​ ​permitted,​ ​there​ ​should​ ​be​ ​guidelines and​ ​rules​ ​in​ ​place.​ ​Students​ ​should​ ​be​ ​taught​ ​online​ ​safety,​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​judgment​ ​in​ ​determining good​ ​quality​ ​sources​ ​of​ ​information,​ ​and​ ​restraint​ ​from​ ​personal​ ​use​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom. 5.​ ​ Beneficial​ ​in​ ​studies If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​using​ ​a​ ​smartphone,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​take​ ​advantage​ ​of​ ​it​ ​in​ ​your​ ​studies​ ​or​ ​your​ ​business.​ ​The smartphones​ ​which​ ​come​ ​with​ ​Android,​ ​Apple​ ​iOS​ ​and​ ​Windows​ ​Phone​ ​operating​ ​system​ ​come with​ ​educational​ ​apps​ ​which​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​while​ ​you​ ​are​ ​in​ ​college.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​into​ ​business​ you can​ ​install​ ​applications​ ​like​ ​Skype​ ​which​ ​will​ ​help​ ​you​ ​in​ ​communicating​ ​with​ ​your​ ​clients​ ​on​ ​the go. Negative​ ​impact​ ​of​ ​cell​ ​phones Bad​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​studies It​ ​is​ ​true​ ​that​ ​mobile​ ​phones​ ​can​ ​help​ ​students​ ​in​ ​studies​ ​but​ ​only​ ​if​ ​they​ ​use​ ​them​ ​wisely.​ ​Most​ ​of the​ ​students​ ​become​ ​additive​ ​to​ ​mobile​ ​phones​ ​and​ ​are​ ​found​ ​playing​ ​games,​ ​chatting​ ​with​ ​their friends​ ​and​ ​watching​ ​movies​ ​and​ ​other​ ​stuff.​ ​If​ ​students​ ​are​ ​busy​ ​keeping​ ​their​ ​eyes​ ​on​ ​their mobile​ ​phones​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times​ ​they​ ​won’t​ ​get​ ​time​ ​for​ ​studying​ ​which​ ​would​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​poor​ ​grades. Conclusion These​ ​were​ ​the​ ​advantages​ ​and​ ​disadvantages​ ​of​ ​mobile​ ​phones.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​end,​ ​it​ ​all​ ​depends​ ​on our​ ​usage.​ ​Cell​ ​phones​ ​are​ ​the​ ​most​ ​personal​ ​device​ ​to​ ​us​ ​and​ ​we​ ​should​ ​make​ ​an​ ​optimal​ ​use of​ ​them.​ ​What​ ​are​ ​your​ ​views​ ​regarding​ ​the​ ​same?​ ​Share​ ​it​ ​with​ ​us​ ​using​ ​the​ ​comments​ ​section below. ​ ​6.​ technology​ ​is​ ​surrounding​ ​the​ ​world​ ​today,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​used​ ​in​ ​every​ ​aspect​ ​including​ ​hospitals, office​ ​buildings,​ ​fire​ ​departments,​ ​even​ ​in​ ​schools.​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​need​ ​to​ ​ban​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of cell​ ​phones​ ​in​ ​schools,​ ​they​ ​can​ ​help​ ​in​ ​many​ ​different​ ​ways.​ ​By​ ​keeping​ ​our​ ​community updated​ ​with​ ​all​ ​the​ ​new​ ​technologies​ ​out​ ​there​ ​will​ ​help​ ​make​ ​a​ ​more​ ​useful​ ​point​ ​to​ ​all​ ​of these​ ​new​ ​gadgets. As​ ​a​ ​student​ ​at​ ​*********​ ​High​ ​School​ ​I​ ​feel​ ​that​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​should​ ​be​ ​allowed. In​ ​class​ ​there​ ​are​ ​not​ ​always​ ​enough​ ​calculators​ ​for​ ​every​ ​student​ ​to​ ​use,​ ​most​ ​likely​ ​every student​ ​in​ ​the​ ​room​ ​will​ ​have​ ​a​ ​cell​ ​phone,​ ​and​ ​on​ ​that​ ​cell​ ​phone​ ​there​ ​is​ ​always​ ​a calculator,​ ​allowing​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​these​ ​phones​ ​for​ ​school​ ​use​ ​they​ ​can​ ​then​ ​lower​ ​the​ ​districts budget​ ​now​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​subtract​ ​calculators.​ ​Every​ ​phone​ ​has​ ​either​ ​a​ ​memo​ ​pad​ ​or​ ​a notepad,​ ​in​ ​schools​ ​they​ ​give​ ​each​ ​student​ ​a​ ​assignment​ ​book​ ​which​ ​is​ ​supposed​ ​to​ ​be​ ​used throughout​ ​the​ ​school​ ​year​ ​to​ ​write​ ​down​ ​their​ ​school​ ​assignments​ ​and​ ​work​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​be completed.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​world​ ​today​ ​every​ ​teenage​ ​student​ ​has​ ​their​ ​cell​ ​phone​ ​steady​ ​on​ ​hand which​ ​their​ ​school​ ​assignment​ ​book​ ​should​ ​be,​ ​but​ ​are​ ​not.​ ​In​ ​this​ ​case​ ​if​ ​students​ ​could​ ​have their​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​in​ ​class​ ​they​ ​could​ ​put​ ​their​ ​work​ ​into​ ​their​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​with​ ​an​ ​alarm​ ​and never​ ​miss​ ​an​ ​assignment​ ​due.​ ​I​ ​think​ ​teachers​ ​should​ ​give​ ​their​ ​students​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​amount of​ ​time​ ​to​ ​put​ ​their​ ​assignments​ ​in​ ​their​ ​phones​ ​so​ ​they​ ​will​ ​only​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​use​ ​their​ ​phones for​ ​school​ ​related​ ​things.​ ​During​ ​class​ ​the​ ​teacher​ ​may​ ​ask​ ​the​ ​students​ ​to​ ​research something,​ ​while​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​whole​ ​class​ ​down​ ​to​ ​the​ ​library​ ​would​ ​take​ ​to​ ​long,​ ​many students​ ​have​ ​internet​ ​access​ ​on​ ​their​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​which​ ​could​ ​be​ ​used​ ​at​ ​the​ ​tip​ ​of​ ​their fingers.​ ​This​ ​would​ ​save​ ​time​ ​and​ ​would​ ​allow​ ​th...
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