cell phones in class rooms


takoda
on Sep 20, 2010 @ 09:04 am

I was listening to a news talk show on my local radio Friday and couldn't believe what I was hearing. The public school this coming spring are going to let cell phones into the class room so the kids can take notes, do work and so on. I couldn't believe my ears. All I could picture was a class room full of kids texting each other every thing but school work, while those kids who's parents couldn't afford to buy they're kids cell phones just sat there, feeling left out. Or kids being bullied right in they're class rooms. It's bad enough how some kids can be bullied on line, now they'll have to put up with it right in they're own class rooms! I'm sorry but I don't think this is a good idea at all!!
It's hard enough to keep a kids attention these days with out putting a cell phone in there hands when they're suppose to be learning.
My boy's are 17 and 14 and neither one has a cell phone. Not because we don't want them to have cell phones, we just don't have the money for it. They get along just fine with out them and they don't even complain about not having one. I'd like to know just who is going to supply all these school kids with new cell phones that are capable of doing everything. Or if they're going to expect us to go out an buy new phones just so are kids can learn. I think it's crazy!!
By the way he Catholic school board said no way to cell phones in they're class rooms and I say good for them. What do you think of this??
 

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mamaluv
School rules vary on Sep 20, 2010 @ 10:11 am

In my daughter's middle school, any personal electronics (iPod, cell phone, DS, etc) must be left in their lockers or they are confiscated. I think the rules vary school to school. Ours feels exactly as you do - that the privilege would be abused and the phones/etc would be a distraction to the class environment.

For the same reason, my son's elementary school has banned Silly Bandz. I would def be vocally opposed if the cell phone/etc rule would be reversed at our school. No one could possibly need to have that in class, even for emergencies. That is what the front office is there for.

As a parent, I am also gaining a new respect for the school uniform debate. Many public schools in our area have introduced the uniform and I think it's really smart to cut down on brand snobbery and such. My daughter recently learned that some of the items we had bought in the Old Navy kids section are too uncool to wear. She hasn't been teased yet, but we had an emergency Target run this weekend to pick up some extra things.

*sniff* no more unicorns and rainbows for her - now it's sports, rock 'n roll, and Chuck Taylors. She does look pretty awesome though :)
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jchang212
No Way! on Sep 20, 2010 @ 01:15 pm

I read about that in the Metro last Friday on my way to work, and think that it's pretty ridiculous. I have to admit, I get distracted all the time when I bring my laptop or cell phone to class, but I think it's a little different in University - you're responsible for your own education, and as adults, we should know how to have self-control. I know there are some tech companies out there developing software that are supposed to help students engage in interactive learning by responding to in-class questions and such through the use of cellphones and laptops. Interactive learning is great an all, but it's still too easy to get distracted when you have your toys in class.

If it's bad for university students, it's even worse for the younger ones who may not have learned the importance of self-control and priorities yet.
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beauty09
bad idea on Sep 20, 2010 @ 01:41 pm

I had my laptop when i was in university and i was not paying enough attention to the teacher.

when i was young they wouldn't let us having calculator that had gadgets on it or watch that was doing sounds because it was a distraction for the kid and for the teacher!
it is a very bad idea and nothing good will come out of it... i couldn't believe it when i read it.
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Anonymous
Not a good idea on Sep 20, 2010 @ 05:29 pm

I'm a high school teacher and although the board does not allow cell phones or ipods or what not in the class. We call it PEDs for personal electronic devices. Even though they are not allowed in class, as teachers, we aren't allowed to take it from them. If we take it from students and something happens to their PEDs we might get in trouble. All I can do is tell students to put them away and if they don't, ask them to give it to me and if they don't I'll phone home. And if that doesn't work they get sent to the office. That's as far as I've gone so far as a teacher but none of it changes their behaviour.

I can understand that they think PEDs can enhance learning in the classroom and in an ideal world it could, but that's not going to happen anytime soon. The number of students who do not pay attention or do their because they're texting, listening to music, playing games or watching something on their PEDs is a lot. And it wouldn't be too bad if they still did well in class, for example some students work better when listening to music. But that's only a few students. Most just don't pay attention or do their work because they're texting people and do poorly in class and in the end the teacher gets blamed.
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takoda
I'm happy on Sep 21, 2010 @ 09:14 am

you all agree. Now I don't know if this was just in high school and higher, or if it's meant for all school's under the public school board. If they said during the show I missed it and I haven't looked it up on line. But I sure can't see any good coming out of this at all and I hope this can be stopped before our kids grade end up going down, or kids start getting hurt.
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mamaluv
good point, anon! on Sep 21, 2010 @ 09:37 am

My daughter studies best with music playing in the background. I always required complete silence or at most the sounds of others studying (like in the library), but I can understand how for some it could help their process.

However, like you say, many if not most students would abuse the privilege. I was on MSN IM with a friend a few years ago, not realizing that she was in class when she suddenly messaged "have to go now, just missed what the prof said about our project due date." Yup, that was a case where a PED was not helpful :)
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Ali de Bold
Who 'works' on their cell phone? on Sep 21, 2010 @ 10:06 am

I've taken notes at an event or meeting on my phone but it's not a substitute for a laptop or a good old fashioned pen and paper. It doesn't make sense to me that they'd consider your cell phone a learning device on par with your laptop. This is an invitation for further distraction. Forget passing notes, you can text them!
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takoda
I don't get it either on Sep 21, 2010 @ 10:53 am

Why a cell phone of all things?? You'd think they'd want them to use a lap top, or a pen and paper before a cell phone. Just how is a teacher suppose to know if the kids are taking notes, looking up info for a class, just texting each other, or bullying someone in the class room. When I asked my boy's what they thought of this, they both said it was crazy, no one will be working!
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Anonymous
? on Sep 21, 2010 @ 01:20 pm

How will a cell phone help you bully anyone?
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takoda
Easy on Sep 22, 2010 @ 08:31 am

Kids bully other kids on line all the time. If they have cell phones in class, all they have to do is send bullying text to other kids. These phones will also be using the net in the class rooms. They'll be able to get on to they're face book pages from these phones and bully on there. It's sad, but it's done all the time.

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