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Like it or not, there’s no denying the fact that we live in a smartphone-driven world. Our smartphone entertains us, performs complex tasks for us, and allows us to be exponentially more productive and efficient. The number of mobile phone users in the world is expected to surpass 4.6 billion by 2019. Even young kids can be seen carrying smartphones, either chatting, playing some game or doing some other stuffs. Researchers are studying the impact of spending too much time online, but there is a particular focus on young people and one polarizing question: should cell phones be allowed in school?
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Smartphones literally put a world of information at students’ fingertips. In seconds, they can search for information and find what they need. Smartphones provide the ability to get answers really fast. Audio and video can bring learning to life. They can even connect students with other students from around the globe and expand their learning world. Equipping your classroom with handy learning apps takes learning up a notch. There are many educational apps available in a wide range of subjects for all kinds of learners. Safety concerns are also often given as a reason to let kids have devices at school.
Especially in case of some emergency children can swiftly call their parents or helpline numbers like the police. But at the same time they can be a huge distraction. This can cause disruptions in class, particularly if the teacher is constantly telling students to turn their devices off. They can also be used by students to access information while taking a test, leading to cheating. Allowing cell phones in schools will give rise to an unhealthy, unwanted competition as students with expensive and latest model phones will overwhelm those who have got low-cost or old model phones.
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Starting in September 2019, cell phones will be banned in Ontario classrooms during instructional time. The new ban means elementary and secondary school students won’t be able to use their cellphones in the classroom unless it is for educational purposes, medical reasons, or as a support for students with special needs. France has also passed a law that children under15 can not use their cellphones at any point during the school day!
There are both pros and cons to students having smartphones in school. Although they can be used as a learning tool in the classroom, this only works as long as students use them effectively. What do you think? Should we embrace smartphones as learning tools? Or should we ban them from the classroom? Let us know in the comments section.
Should Smartphones Be Allowed in School?
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