Phones are becoming more common, accepted in school

Gabriele McBride, Journalism BHS

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Many functions that the cell phone makes can be a powerful tool in the hands of students. Each year cell phones have become more accepted in school.

“I think cell phones are a distraction, but are also necessary when students don’t charge their iPad,” BHS Spanish teacher Katie Marten said.

Cell phones do affect students learning. The modern cell phone does more than send a text or make a call. Apps for games, social interactions, and more can be used to create multiple layers of distraction. A student can be tempted to use their cell phone for entertainment or social interactions more than for studying while in school.

“I think it shortens their attention span, and keeps students away from task at hand,” Marten said. “They are detrimental to problem solving skills.’’

Every teacher has a different policy when it comes to cell phones in class. Some give warnings and some immediately take them away.

“They are supposed to have to have them put away in class,” Marten said. “When they do need to use them in class they are supposed to ask me, if they become a problem I will then take them away.”

Cell phones can be beneficial in class, but they can also be a disruption when used at the wrong time.

“I hope to teach students when they should and shouldn’t be on their phones, there is always a time and place for that,” Marten said.

Cell phones can not only be a distraction, it can also affect a students social interactions. When a student is on their phone that is all they are focused on when someone is talking to them.

“Realizing that it is a respect thing, like making eye contact when someone is talking to you,” Marten said.

The trick with cell phones in school is that students should not leave valuable property in a car or locker, because it could get stolen. So it is up to the student to be responsible and leave their phone turned off (not just on silent) during class.

 

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