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Should Phones Be Used During Class?

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Started: 5/20/2016 Category: Technology
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Joey888

Con

Many people today own an electronic device of some type. Can it be distracting if students use their electronic devices during class? Of course. This is why students should not be able to use electronic devices during class. Richard Murphy, an assistant professor of economics says that"When technology is multipurpose, such as cellphones, it can be both distracting and disruptive."http://news.utexas.edusays... that low achieving students benefited when electronic devices were banned during school hours: Those students say a 14.23 percent increase in test scores.
jscher

Pro

I will present 7 reasons why phones should be used in school in grades K-12.

1) Preparation for a real world job: Most working people benefit from having their cell phones on them. They can access their email, call clients, check inventory, read the news, use software applications, and more. Students need to learn how to use their cell phones responsibly.

2) To teach responsibly: Students know they shouldn"t use their cell phones in school to play Angry Birds, or listen to music, or text their friends about the quiz they just took. Phones and tablets should be used responsibly and for educational purposes. Students could do research for English papers, or download an app that provides extra information on one of the chemical elements in the periodic table. When necessary, teachers could combat cheating by making students put their phones on "airplane mode" or any mode that will not allow them to send/receive any messages or use the Internet. Whenever there is a test, teachers can make students put their mobile devices in the front of the classroom until the test is over.

3) To avoid double standards: Administrators often take notes on their phones as part of teacher observations. Some teachers, coaches, and counselors use their cell phones in school settings, too. It may not be permitted, but they are allowed to do so without the same consequences as students. Why shouldn"t students be able to do the same?

4) In case of emergency: If a student forgot his homework or calculator on the day of a calculus test, he could call his parents and ask them to bring it to school without causing a scene. In more serious emergencies, like a school threat or shooting, cell phones could help students connect with worried parents.

5) As learning aides: Many phone apps offer visual representations of difficult-to-grasp subjects (like astronomy, science, or anatomy) that can assist visual learners and/or students who have dyslexia. Tablets offer the same services, but may provide a better user experience because of the size difference.

6) To make detention more bearable: All students dread detention, and skipping it only gets them in further trouble. Why not give students an incentive to attend? Teachers can place a cell phone charging station at the front of the classroom, allowing students to recharge their phones while they"re busy with homework. The M8 Mobile Charging Station is a perfect solution. This prevents students from using their cell phones during punishment and makes them feel comfortable knowing their precious lifelines will be charged after they"ve served their time.

7) To keep students happy: According to a study conducted in 2005, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King, and Ed Diener found that happiness causes success. Therefore if we keep students, grades k-12, happy they will be more willing to learn, more productive, and more likely to succeed. And isn"t that what everyone wants?
Debate Round No. 1
Joey888

Con

What you say in Reason 1 is true: People need to practice learning responsibility. But students in school have other responsibilities, including doing homework, paying attention in class, coming to school on time, and participate during class. If students want to prove that they are responsible, they can start with that. In response to your Reason 2: Many elementary schools and high schools have computer labs, and some schools provide iPad carts or Laptop carts that go around the class. If students have to do research for their English papers, they can use computers provided by the school. In addition, these computers are regulated by school districts, meaning that some web pages that the district considers inappropriate are blocked. For Reason 3, I agree with you. Students should have the same rights as teachers and administrators. But even so, some students do not follow electronics policies. They text during class. The idea of students in high school using phones during class is brought up on movies and television shows many times. As for Reason 4, that is the "excuse" for many students. While this may be true, students may use their cell phones or any other electronic devices for any other purposes that are not relevant whatsoever. There are not many students who actually use their phone for emergency purposes only. Reason 5 is relevant to Reason 2: electronic devices such as laptops and iPads are provided by the school and computer labs are available. The point of detention is to make it unbearable. The students committed an offense, and having detention makes up for that. If students are allowed to use their electronic devices, there might as well not be detention. That is the contradiction to Reason 6. It is true that happiness leads to success, but phones can influence students a lot, both positively and negatively.
jscher

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Debate Round No. 2
Joey888

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jscher

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by mall 1 year ago
mall
Depends on why the phones are being used . We know phones can have helpful uses as well as hindering uses .
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