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Cell phones in school

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Started: 9/14/2011 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Voting Period
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omp2

Con

Cell phones should not be used in a classroom because they can be used as cheating devices, a distraction to class material, and many other situations.
analise014

Pro

School Cell Phone Ban Causes Uproar
February 11, 2009 6:30 PM
CBSNEWS
http://www.cbsnews.com...

"My mother, she needs me to have the cell to call me and check up on me," said Steven Cao, 16, a sophomore who lives in Staten Island and attends Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He called the ban stupid.

Some parents would prefer a policy that lets students have cell phones but prohibits their use in classes.

Students insist that most classmates use their cell phones responsibly, and they brush off criticism that previous generations got along fine without them.

"It's kind of ridiculous that we think we can't survive without a cell phone when people did it for thousands of years," said Elisa Muyl, 14, a freshman at Stuyvesant. "But now that they have this invention, we should use it."

Cell phones in schools
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The Good
Feeling of security – Knowing that your children are reachable anytime is quite reassuring for a parent, especially after events such as the Columbine shooting and the September 11th tragedy.
It brings families together – Families don't seem to have much time to spend together anymore. With overtime and after-school activities, having the ability to communicate with any one of your family member helps bringing families together.
Cellphones are convenient – Everybody is more busy nowadays. Students are involved in activities after school, and practices and meeting time tend to vary a lot. It is very convenient for a student who does not have access to public transportation to call their parents for a ride when they need one.

Morgan Warner
Debate Round No. 1
omp2

Con

The use of cell phones in school can create an enviornment based on: distruption to instruction, cheating, and the use of pornography. I feel that teachers cannot fulfill full obligations in a classroom if students are being distracted by the use of a cell phone.
DISMANTES, T. (2010). RECENT COURT RULING REGARDING STUDENT USE OF CELL PHONES IN TODAY'S SCHOOLS. "Education", 131(2), 404-406. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

Cyberbullying and sexting may also be an issue. Cyberbullying is the use of electronic communication technologies to intentionally engage in repeated or widely disseminated cruel acts towards another that results in emotional harm. Sexting is whenever someone sends a nude image via cell phone texting and is also a type of cyberbullying. This can happen both on & off of school grounds--anywhere that students are physically together.
"Electronic aggression is a contributing factor in altercations that occur on campus and creates an enviornment in which students do not feel safe coming to school or are unable to focus effectively on their studies (pg. 76)."
Willard, N. (2011). SCHOOL RESPONSE TO CYBERBULLYING AND SEXTING: THE LEGAL CHALLENGES. "Bringham Young University Education and Law Journal," (1) 75-125. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

-Courtney Carlisle
analise014

Pro

Cell Phones Improve School Safety
Supporters of cell phones in school contend that cell phones improve student safety by allowing students to contact authorities in the event of a school intrusion or medical emergency. Students with cell phones would also be able to contact their parents in an emergency to inform them that they are safe.

In addition, schools can program emergency response systems to automatically call or text message students' cell phones with emergency information or instructions. This can reduce panic in an emergency and help schools keep students safe.

Cell Phones Enhance Learning
Cell phones, especially smart phones, can be used to enhance learning. Smart phones offer much of the functionality of a laptop, but are more portable and less expensive. For example, a class could download an interactive program and use it on their phones.

Students doing lab work can take quick pictures with their cell phone rather than making a sketch. Students can also use their phones to record parts of a lecture, make a quick voice note or take a video of a science experiment.

Stay Organized With Cell Phone Calendars
Supporters of cell phones in schools also argue that students can also utilize the calendar function of the cell phone to stay organized. Rather than requiring a paper planner, students can simply input assignments and test dates into their phones.

Convenient Communication With Cell Phones
Cell phones offer a convenient way of communication, especially useful for students who have after-school activities. Rather than guessing what time practice will end or using a school phone, students can easily call or text their parents to let them know they need a ride or will be late. Parents and students also have an easy way to contact each other throughout the day if they need to send a message.

Cell Phone Use in Schools
Many schools struggle to develop policies for appropriate cell phone use. Cell phones have many beneficial uses, like helping students stay organized and keeping students safe, but they can also have negative impacts, including facilitating cheating on tests, texting during class and the spreading of rumors.

As in business and social environments, there are always situations during which cell phone use is not appropriate. Parents considering whether to give their children cell phones should contact their child's school to learn the cell phone policies, including the punishments for inappropriate cell phone use during class.

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Pros of Cell Phones in School

There are numerous positive outcomes that can emerge from permitting children and teens to bring their mobile phones into the classroom. Here are just a few that you should keep in mind the next time you enter a PTA meeting or other public debate.

Instant Communication
Although you hope that you will never have to do this, you sometimes need to get in contact with your school-aged child while they are in class. This could be because of a death in the family, an accident or other family emergency that may require his or her attention and/or attendance. By being able to call your child directly, you also help alleviate the workload off of the school's administrative team. This is particularly useful during recess and lunch hours when students aren't in classrooms anyways, and it may be more difficult to find your child. The problems with knowing where your children are after school could also be reduced if parents had the ability to call them (and vice versa). Text messages also make this easy (and discrete).

Memory Aids
Most cell phones have a camera these days, so children can use these to take pictures of things in class. This is great for science class, for example, where they may be exposed to certain creatures, plants and other things that they probably won't encounter anywhere else. This is much more effective that simply producing a quick sketch. Pictures are also useful for any sort of step-by-step process, so that they can later review the photos to better understand the procedure in metalwork, woodwork or other hands-on courses. Better still, give your child a camera phone with video capabilities!

Voice Notes
Sometimes, it takes too long to write down a note, so why not use the cell phone to record a quick voice note instead? Students may not always have immediate access to a notepad either, so using a cell phone to "jot down" important information is also useful.
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*** All in all these articles state that cell phones in school are good because they are there when there is an emergency. Cellphones are instant rather than going through the office or school phone to get ahold of a parent or 911.
Cellphones are their to enhance many things such a memory and learning content. From a personal experience we had a bomb threat while i was in middle school, and children who had cellphones were able to call their parents or guardian
to tell them they were safe and needed to be picked up from the school. Cellphones may be a distraction but there is always a time and place for them to be out and in use. ***

Analise Bruno
Debate Round No. 2
omp2

Con

Should we ban cell phones in school?. (2004). NEA Today, 22(5), 42. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.

This article overall shares the thoughts that teachers have on cell phones in the classroom:

Cell phones should absolutely be banned from school, no questions asked. My philosophy is that we lived a hundred years without them and we can live another hundred years without them if we chose to do so. They are nothing but a disruption to class instruction. The student (if he or she is waiting for a call) thinks about nothing but receiving that call, therefore blocking out anything that is being said, and it's simply not a necessity for being successful in school.
ERICH OSTROWSKI Fourth-grade

Cell phones, like many other electronic devices, can be a distraction. Students need to learn when and where a cell phone can be appropriate. It is rude to the presenter when some person has a cell phone ringing during his or her presentation. Students are often easily distracted as it is, and a cell phone going off in a classroom can end the learning process as effectively as any fire drill. This is one of those life lessons we can teach them. Technology is a wonderful and useful tool when used properly. I can think of circumstances where a student needs to be on call during school. That is where the office and secretaries come in.
KRISTOPHER KAUFMAN Spanish
teacher, Northern Tioga School
District, Pennsylvania

As opposed to the two teachers above who believe cell phones should not be allowed in schools at all, Mindy Siddell brings up an good point. She believes cell phones should be allowed in schools for emergency purposes or after school activities, however, in the classroom there is no need for a cell phone to ever be used:

Cell phones should be banned from classrooms but not from schools. When classes are in session, cell phones aren't.
When a student is maneuvering around after-school activities and pick-up times, cell. phones are extremely handy.
The school should not be held accountable if the cell phone is stolen. As with any other possession, it's the student's responsibility. If the student is too young to keep track of a cell phone, the student is too young to have one.
MINDY SIDDELL student in teacher
education, Seward, Nebraska

-Olivia Piermarini
analise014

Pro

Cell phones not only have the ability to help students in class but it also gives them an easy access to emergency services if an emergency were to occur. With students allowed to use their phones in school they all have the ability to call 911 at any moment, giving them a safety net as well as a reassurance.

Cell phones also can help to spark conversation and ideas within the classroom. Most cell phones come with internet access nowadays and can be used to search topics for discussion as well as seeing other people's points of view on the matter. It also is a good research tool for studying as well as gaining new knowledge outside of the classroom.

Cellphones also can be useful in the classroom with their full calendars that can be used to help keep track on schoolwork, school trips, and upcoming tests and quizzes.

They come with a full calculator, and in some cases, come equipped with a full dictionary as well as converters of US and foreign currency.

Picture and video capabilities could be used to make projects more exciting and can spark the creativity that a student can't find with simply researching and writing a paper.

Education applications can help to study, while making learning fun. They can be downloaded for cheap, and sometimes even free. They cover every subject from reading to math and are accessible to every student with a smart phone.

Finally being able to text brings things like poll websites into effect, making class participation easier for everyone and allowing even the shy students to answer questions without fear. It also can be used to take notes and can easily be sent to friends who were missing in class, or just shared for comparison and easy access to what each other has learned.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by renucemi000 2 years ago
renucemi000
Cell phones can go both ways to either be used in school or not. Personally with technology, cell phones do need to be used in school. Technology is becoming even more big throughout society cell phones can be helpfully used with getting things done quicker.
Posted by melorules 2 years ago
melorules
pro has the same argument over and over
Posted by Greyparrot 2 years ago
Greyparrot
hi
Posted by crc35 2 years ago
crc35
hello
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Reasons for voting decision: I'm voting pro, mostly because pro actually argued at the end instead of just copy pasting, but also because my teacher stole my phone today and made me pay 15 dollars to get it back..not cool
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