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Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom should be allowed

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Started: 6/19/2012 Category: Technology
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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WesternGuy2

Con

Good Luck!!!
First some framework
We would like to start off with definitions
Personal electronic devices- a device that accomplishes its purpose electronically- Princeton University
Examples could be a cellular phone, a tablet, or a computer.
Classroom - any school classroom which includes public k-12 classrooms as well as college classrooms.

Standard- Quality of Education

With that said, we have a few main arguments.
Contention 1: Cheating

It's widely known that in the 21st century, many personal electronic devices encompass the ability to browse the internet, watch videos, social network, and even play games, such as the iPod, smart-phones & laptops.

According to a leading San Diego News Site called wirelessandmobilenews.org and Common sense media, The San Francisco nonprofit that runs a highly regarded website that gives parents and teachers advice on media and technology for kids, 35% of all teens admit to cheating on their smart phone or cellphone using the internet, and that 100 of 140 text messages from an average teenager's phone are sent from a classroom which does not permit texting.

In the Educational Testing Service, a survey of about 3,000 college-bound 16 to 18-year-olds in the found that 80% of the country's top students had cheated in school.

Judge, can you imagine a classroom of students, and around 35% of have cheated on their cellphones? This percentage is already hard to believe, but according to Educational Testing Service 95% of cheaters admitted that they were not caught.
Can you picture a class where 95% of these students, the majority, are using their own electronics to cheat? This is exactly why the resolution would greatly harm education, as well as increase academic dishonesty.

Contention #2: Distractions

Our second main argument is that if we let personal electronic devices into the classroom in the hands of students, they would make as great distractions to not only the person using them, but the people around them.

According to pbs.org, teachers found that when they asked their students to bring their laptops to school for a project, or to take cellphones on a field trip, that most of their students were playing video games or talking to friends when they weren't supposed to.

As of now, we are allowing certain exceptions of personal electronic devices on school premises as long as they are not misused. TIME- Those who check Facebook, tend to get lower grades.

Department of Education (DOE)
They point to the distractive influence that electronic devices have in the classroom. They also pose a threat to student safety as security as these devices have become the number one target for theft and robberies.
Misuses of these devices by students have also been problematic. Students have used them to cheat on exams or videotape fights and other unseemly activity and later post these recordings to the web

As you can see, if we allow the devices into the classroom, many won't learn anything as they are easily distracted. There were even studies that grades were lowered!
Contention #3: Theft, Violence and CyberBullying

Our third and final contention is that with personal electronic devices at school and in class, there would be more of an incentive for bullies and thieves to, well, steal these same electronics.

"It's not too hard to believe that these kids would risk taking some new electronic, showing it off to their friends, and getting it stolen away from them by some bully," says education expert Arne Duncan.

And, as would be expected with any electronic gadget, there is the increased risk of theft. Students leaving their cell phones or PDAs in lockers or backpacks may return to find those items missing.

Obviously if the resolution brings about all this unnecessary and corrupt behavior, it would greatly hurt the individuals education, which was our standard.

Now, Cyber Bullying is also a harm that comes with having electronic devices in school- The National Education Association reports that According to Pew Research, about one third (32 percent) of all teenagers who use the Internet say they have been targets of some form of cyberbullying that ranged from receiving threatening messages and having their private e-mails or text messages forwarded to having an embarrassing picture posted or rumors about them spread online
awesomeness

Pro

Aff
Resolved: Personal Electronic Devices in the classroom should be allowed.
WLPPF
Def:

Personal electronics refers to any instrument that uses electricity, for ex: tablets, cell phones, and computers that is owned by the student for at least a one-year term.

Standard:
The standard, or weighing mechanism, for this debate should be the quality of education. Since this debate is about personal electronics in the classroom, it will impact education the most. The team that can best prove that their side of the resolution betters the quality of education should win today’s debate.
WTS, WH3A
Contention 1: Ebooks
Ebooks, or books read on screens, are the new revolutionary way of reading.
Educause.edu asserts that ebooks improve learning because they:

have built-in dictionaries, pronunciation guides, and highlighting, motivating students to check the meaning of each word and pronounce it correctly
can also integrate video, audio, animation, and interactive simulation
Access to newspapers for free

In addition, there is cost benefits, according to about.com:

Average of $5.50 savings per nonfiction book and textbooks
Average of $2 savings per fiction book

So judge, clearly ebooks have more capabilities that regular books. These capabilities have been shown to enhance learning, and provide costs at a lower price. This argument ties into the standard because, obviously, if you have something at a lower cost, you would most likely buy it. Therefore, students will have more educational materials with them, and the savings can also translate into increased funding for other classes that can further enhance student learning.
Contention 2: Enhances learning
According to Report to the President on the Use of Technology to strengthen K-12 Education in the United States, co-authored by Charles Vest, the former president of MIT, electronics have been very promising to improve America’s education by giving us:

valuable skills in logic
Access to educational websites
More extracurricular and interactive learning

These skills have been shown to yield the following results:

Carrollton City School District (Georgia): Computer technology has reduced the dropout rate from 19 percent to 5 percent (74% decrease), and the failure rate in ninth grade algebra from 38 percent to 3 percent (92% decrease).
Clearview Elementary School (California): the use of technology resulted in an increase in standardized test scores from the bottom 10 percent to the highest 20 percent in the state.

Maine.gov also states that student assigned laptops have improved the student’s education:

Writing scores improved by 33%
2 times more students met the state standards vs. students who weren’t assigned a laptop in class.

As you can see, judge, personal electronic devices have already prevailed in classrooms that have already allowed them. They are shown to enhance learning and improve the quality of education, tying into our standard.

Contention 3: Group learning and file sharing
According to thirteen.org, group learning encourages:

diversity
more interaction in student learning
Peer feedback

According to “Pros and Cons of File Sharing”, file sharing, or exchanging files on a computer network, encourages:

Flow of ideas from everyone
Efficient working: each student can revise on different computers at the same time.
Therefore, file sharing can involve more students compiling up their ideas into one report, thus improving the learning experience for children.

Since dictionary.com defines file sharing as exchanging files on a computer network, it can only be done electronically. In addition, email and other network servers promote group learning, and all of its benefits. If personal electronic devices were allowed in the classroom, the quality of education for students could improve a lot by promoting both group learning and file sharing.
Debate Round No. 1
WesternGuy2

Con

Good Luck!!
First, your Definition is slightly abusive.
Let me give an example why the 'one year term' part is abusive
If you keep a school textbook for a year, then is it considered personal? No, it is the school textbook. If you bought the textbook then it would be considered personal to you.
Here is another flaw. Let me give an analogy. If I just baought a new laptop, isi ti not mine, unitl I have it for one year? I don’t think so, so my definitions are more valid.

With that said, I will begin my refuations.

Your first argument is Ebooks.
My response is that how do you know if the students are actually learning. How do you know if they are distracted? How do you know if they are using these resources to cheat? My opponent may correlate their second argument, but I will show you how that won't work either later on.
So you give me a cost benefit, but from a source that is not credible-about.com. Judge, please drop this evidence as it is invalid.
Your seond argument is that it enchances learning. You give some statisitcs
My response is that how do you know if the dropout rates are decreasing, because of cheating.

Your third argument is about group learning and file sharing.
My response is that this has nothing to do with education. Why can't one do all this at home? In the class, can't they just talk to each other??

Thanks and Please vote Con
awesomeness

Pro

Distractions

1. Even though they may be a source of disctractions, they
are still proven to improve test scores.
2. Just like schools make us turn off our cell phones now,
we can do the same to other electronics. Teachers will
not be letting their students use their electronics all day.

Cheating

1. Right now, schools restrict us from using notes
during tests. They can restrict us from using electronic
devices during tests also.
2. Just because we are allowing electronic devices in class
doesn’t mean they always have to be on the student’s
desk. The teacher can easily tell students to put away
their electronics.
3. There will always be dishonest people who decide to
cheat no matter what. Even if there weren’t electronics,
there would still be cheating going on.

Theft, violence, and Cyberbullying

1. our resolution states in the classroom so their point
is invalid
2. Our opponent does not give any example of this actually
happening
3. there is such a small chance that cyberbullying will occur
in a classroom
Debate Round No. 2
WesternGuy2

Con


Good Luck opponent!!

Distractions

You said...

1. Still improves Test scores
Response- As I said before, doesn't cheating improve test scores?

2. Teachers make us turn off cell phones- why not now?
Response 1- Didn't you say you would use the Electronic device as textbooks, so almost the whole day?
Response 2- Can't students quicky put a phone in their pockets and use it during the class period?

Cheating

You said...

1. Restrict from notes- why not electronic devices

Response 1- Didn't you say you would use the Electronic device as textbooks, so almost the whole day?
Response 2- Can't students quicky put a phone in their pockets and use it during the class period?
Response 3- If cheating is going on right now, then teachers are obviously not aware

2. Doesn't always have to be on desk
Response 1- If cheating is going on right now, then teachers are obviously not aware...
Response 2- They use the electronic device as a textbook.

3. Always dishonest people
Response- We are arguing about whether or not personal electronic devices should be allowed in the classroom, not what will happen if there were no electronic devices

Theft, Violence, and Cyber bullying

1. Only in classroom
Response- Can't theft hapen inside the classroom?
2. No example of actually happening
Response- We cannot show examples as not many schools in the USA has allowed electronic devices.
3. Still a small chance
Response -The National Education Association reports that According to Pew Research, about one third (32 percent) of all teenagers who use the Internet say they have been targets of some form of cyberbullying that ranged from receiving threatening messages and having their private e-mails or text messages forwarded to having an embarrassing picture posted or rumors about them spread online

Judge, please vote for Con
Thank You



awesomeness

Pro

awesomeness forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by awesomeness 4 years ago
awesomeness
i didn't have time respond in the last round
Posted by awesomeness 4 years ago
awesomeness
ikr
Posted by WesternGuy2 4 years ago
WesternGuy2
Good Debate!!!
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