The use of personal smart phones should be allowed in k-12 classrooms.
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To start off this debate I will state a plan to fit and enhance the resolution then I will raise 3 arguments of my own.
Plan: Students in K-12 classrooms can use smartphones, for a tech break (which I will explain in my first argument) or in a time of emergency. However, when not in use the students must place their phone in a basket in the front of the room to limit any possible and small distractions. In order to ensure the fairness of smartphones for kids with all socioeconomic backgrounds, they can bring their own smartphones OR they can apply for a financial aid program which will supply them with smartphones. When the trust we are placing in the youth with this privilege of technology is abused, there will be consequences and the students will learn and grow from their mistakes.
1A: Value of a tech break
Dr. Larry Rosen, professor and research psychologist, found that the most affective way to incorporate technology is with a "Technology Break" or a "Tech Break". Here"s how it works: right before the student is going to start working, they are allowed a 1-2 minute break on their smartphone or whatever technology they desire. Then, when the break ends, the technology is turned off and the students will be engaged for a 15 minute focus period, because this break will eliminate the "fear of missing out" among students when tempted to indulge in technology. And after the 15 minute break is over the children get another 2-5 minute break until the phones will be collected and put away again.
Impact: Acc. USA Today article written by Elizabeth A. Flens, and Kelly Y. Neiles two members of the chemistry department at the Catholic University which examines children's attention spans. The results concluded that the avg. kid can only focus from 10-20 minutes on end. Therefore, not only are the children no longer paying attention during the rest of the class period, there are thinking about their technology. These cell phones may be out of sight, but they are certainly not out of mind. Theoretically, everyone suffers from some case of F.O.M.O. Judge, if you are not familiar with F.O.M.O or fear of missing out allow me to make it really simple for you. Children of all ages worry what is happening with their friends from different schools, cities, countries, and classrooms are up to. In addition, kids constantly want to check how their games, favorite sports team, celebrities, or fashion designers via their smart phones. We cannot deny the youth this privilege. Because if we do one of two things will happen- 1.) they will simply smuggle their phone in and use it in secrecy, therefore, not absorbing the information. 2.) they will zone out after 15-20 minutes of class because their mind is wandering and they are distracted because they have a fear of missing out on whatever is happening on their device.However, If we implement this technology into a classroom: two things will happen 1.) kids will learn better because their need to check their cell phone will be filled every 15 minutes. 2.) kids won"t be tempted to use their device in secrecy, because when the device is not in use it will be placed in a basket at the front of the room. The point of each tech break is to contribute to a longer-term strategy to get students to progressively extend the time they spend focusing. Knowing they"ll get a break will encourage the students to stay focused.
R: Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks.
- Isaac Watts
Judge, we understand that when applying a tool that could be used as a platform for irresponsible decisions in a classroom, it is hard to place trust and responsibility on these kids. However, majority of children nowadays have smart phones in their lives. We need to allow students to harness their technology and use it to their advantage. Although, without a controlled and monitored environment where the kids are trusted with this responsibility, they cannot learn how to use these devices to benefit themselves. Smart phones are filled with potential, but it is up to us to shape that potential and make it greatness. But, first, we have to give these kids a chance and a safe place to learn. How will they know and be able to cope with the negatives of smart phones in their day to day lives if they have no practice? How will they know how to resist the temptations of these devices, without learning from their mistakes early on? How will the children of America and the world learn, grow, and succeed from the flourishing technology if no one gives them a chance? Children will be expected to use the device when directed by their teacher and if the trust is broken, consequences will follow. This will encourage smart cell phone use not only in the classroom but in the students everyday lives for a tech break, in order to ration their distractions for a more successful and effective learning experience . With smartphones, the possibilities for greatness are endless, the world just has to pen up their eyes to this new way of learning.
3A : Safety/Emergency purposes
R: Currently, in most classrooms, there is one phone that hangs on the wall, is on the teacher"s desk, or somewhere else in the room. That means, that one phone is all we are relying on for a possible emergency in the classroom. ONLY ONE phone will be available to call for help. only one phone could just cost one life.
E: Now, we all know what happened on December 14, 2012. On that day, in the Sandy Hook Village in Newtown, Connecticut, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, there was a mass murder. Now there is a solution. Smartphones in classrooms have what is called a panic button. This system is easy to use for kindergarteners, and it is still a quick and effective way for high school students to protect themselves. The panic button app, made by Defencall Student Safety has three main functions: 1)Emergency Alert. Tapping this button triggers an immediate alert to emergency responders and dials an emergency number automatically. 2) SMS Buddy Alert. If this button is tapped, the user"s name, GPS location, and phone number are sent to a user-configured list of contacts. 3) Just Check-In. By tapping this final button, a message is sent to a pre-configured contact indicating the user is OK. This function is especially useful for contacting parents and assuring them that everything is fine. The beauty of these features is to let loved ones know what is happening in order to prevent tragedies like Sandy Hook.
I hope you take all of my arguments I have made so far into consideration.
I'm excited to see my opponents arguments and any refutes to the arguments I've made.
BEST OF LUCK. LOL
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