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Started: 11/20/2013 Category: Technology
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Although schools have traditionally banned or limited cell phones in the classroom, 73% of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers said their students use phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, according to a Pew Research Center study released in February. I think that students should be allowed to use phones in not only school but in the classroom. I also think that the pros out number the cons by a long shot.


Besides being an enormous distraction phones can also lead to arguments,bullying,fighting and cheating. with the new advancements in technology this happens more and more each day. With a student being able to take a picture of another student in class or a video of them in class and being able to post it anywhere they want can lead to some serious issues. Also imagine what would happen if students started to take pictures of their assignments and other things and send it to other students! Not only would this be a catastrophe this could also lead to some seriously bad punishments! Also Phones more and more have distractions like texting,Snapchat,Facebook,Twitter,Instagram And the list goes on! Imagine having all of the students in a class being able to access this while being told to work! This shows that the amount of pros that can come out of allowing phones in class significantly DOES NOT outway the number pro's.
Debate Round No. 1


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At a school district outside Chicago, students participated in a French class by using cellphones to call classmates and speak with them in French.

And when school starts this fall at Mason High School near Cincinnati, students like Mrudu Datla will pack iPads and iPhones in their backpacks.
"(Using technology in everyday life is) not that new to us because we grew up with technology," Datla, a sophomore, said.
Although schools have traditionally banned or limited cellphones in the classroom, 73% of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers said their students use phones in the classroom or to complete assignments, according to a Pew Research Center study released in February.
"Teachers are starting to take advantage of the opportunities of cellphones in the classroom," said George Fornero, superintendent of Township High School District 113, located outside Chicago, whose school system has begun allowing its students use cellphones.
Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, said this trend first emerged after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"The issue of security and red alerts on terrorism threats became an issue, and school systems began to relax the prohibition on cellphones in schools," he said.
Though many of these changing policies banned cellphone use except in emergencies, teachers are lifting the bans and incorporating phones into their curriculum.
Natalie Milman, a George Washington University education technology professor, said that although security was one factor, others were involved.
"As a parent, I can see parents pushing for it when you think of the shootings that happen," she said. "However, with youth, (having a phone) is a very natural part of their ecosystem. It doesn't make sense to close that opportunity for them when they go to school."
She said parents and teachers are realizing educational value of mobile phones, as new features have made these devices relevant to education. "Most people are now coming to school with a computer in their pocket," Domenech said.
During the past few years, some schools, such as Mason High, have implemented "bring your own tech" programs, allowing students to use their devices for schoolwork.
With mobile apps and the Internet at their fingertips, teachers and students are now using phones as clickers to answer questions, providing feedback on student progress, and also to document labs, collaborate on group projects and capture teachers' notes, Milman said.
However, mobile devices have also created concerns.
"(Mobile devices) promote a certain kind of learning ... it's limited," Milman said. "It can be overused and used in ways that aren't educationally meaningful." For this reason, she said, it's important teachers to receive proper training.
Their use has also created worries about cheating, visiting inappropriate websites, sexting or overuse. Policies banning phones were in place to counter these problems, but Fornero said no-tolerance policies were difficult to enforce and distracted administrators from tackling larger issues.
"The kids taught us a lesson: They're still going to bring their phones anyway, so let's allow them to use them in a constructive way," he said.
Bringing cellphones into the classroom raises questions about students who don't own personal devices and schools without necessary infrastructure. Milman said a lot of inequities exist, favoring more affluent, suburban communities.
But Domenech said during his visits to schools around the country " even at schools in poorer areas " he saw that most students owned a mobile device. So far, BYOT programs have been schools' temporary solution, with most students owning mobile devices, to circumvent the digital divide.
Funding has been available for educational training, Milman said, but money for the necessary infrastructure " Wi-Fi access and technical support " has been harder to come by. Fornero said his school system received only local funding for improving its infrastructure.
However, according to Richard Culatta, director of the U.S. Dept. of Education's Office of Educational Technology, the federal government is looking to close that large divide. About 80% of schools in the country don't have the infrastructure to support digital learning, according to government data.
"That's hugely problematic as we look at engaging with fantastic digital resources for learning that are available," he said.
President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative on June 6, which aims to connect 99% of schools around the country to broadband Internet, and the Department of Education is working to prepare teachers to use technology.
While Domenech estimated only 25% of schools now allow phones, he expects that to increase significantly over the next few years. Milman said to address schools' concerns, administrators should establish clear policies with parents and students and consequences for violating them.
"There are schools around the world who are already using these," Milman said. "I think the schools that are not quite there should look to those schools and learn from them."

Contributing: Michael D. Clark, The Cincinnati Enquire


The Technology You have listed above is truly amazing and Is already implemented into many schools today! Unfortunately These systems are no where near as foolproof and perfect as you make them out to be. The software for these programs are extremely buggy and easily by passible. Having one at my little siblings school he shows me how easy it is to bypass by just turning off your wifi and enabling a proxy!! If you do not know what a proxy is read this:
Now continuing functions like the camera and other distractions can still be used when the phone is offline. The phone has to be online for the programs implemented by the schools to work. Sure you could have a teacher go around the class individually checking students phones to see if their wireless was turned on but that would take away from learning. I am not saying that phones should be Banned from class Im just trying to say that Students who have not earned the right to use their phones in class like none AP students should not be able to use them!
Debate Round No. 2


That is why we update things and I'm talking about in a couple of years or so they will already have all those bugs fixed and there is an app that schools could download onto the phones and control the phones and there is a way to hide apps from showing up on the home screen. And/ or the students could sign a "code of ethics" and if you don't know what that is well:
Code of Ethics

The National Education Association believes that the education profession consists of one education workforce serving the needs of all students and that the term "educator" includes education support professionals.
The educator, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nurture of the democratic principles. Essential to these goals is the protection of freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all. The educator accepts the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards.
The educator recognizes the magnitude of the responsibility inherent in the teaching process. The desire for the respect and confidence of one's colleagues, of students, of parents, and of the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession indicates the aspiration of all educators and provides standards by which to judge conduct.
The remedies specified by the NEA and/or its affiliates for the violation of any provision of this Code shall be exclusive and no such provision shall be enforceable in any form other than the one specifically designated by the NEA or its affiliates.
Commitment to the Student
The educator strives to help each student realize his or her potential as a worthy and effective member of society. The educator therefore works to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the thoughtful formulation of worthy goals.
In fulfillment of the obligation to the student, the educator--
1. Shall not unreasonably restrain the student from independent action in the pursuit of learning.
2. Shall not unreasonably deny the student's access to varying points of view.
3. Shall not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter relevant to the student's progress.
4. Shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health and safety.
5. Shall not intentionally expose the student to embarrassment or disparagement.
6. Shall not on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation, unfairly--
a. Exclude any student from participation in any program
b. Deny benefits to any student
c. Grant any advantage to any student
7. Shall not use professional relationships with students for private advantage.
8. Shall not disclose information about students obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
Commitment to the Profession
The education profession is vested by the public with a trust and responsibility requiring the highest ideals of professional service.
In the belief that the quality of the services of the education profession directly influences the nation and its citizens, the educator shall exert every effort to raise professional standards, to promote a climate that encourages the exercise of professional judgment, to achieve conditions that attract persons worthy of the trust to careers in education, and to assist in preventing the practice of the profession by unqualified persons.
In fulfillment of the obligation to the profession, the educator--
1. Shall not in an application for a professional position deliberately make a false statement or fail to disclose a material fact related to competency and qualifications.
2. Shall not misrepresent his/her professional qualifications.
3. Shall not assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute.
4. Shall not knowingly make a false statement concerning the qualifications of a candidate for a professional position.
5. Shall not assist a noneducator in the unauthorized practice of teaching.
6. Shall not disclose information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
7. Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.
8. Shall not accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or action.
Adopted by the NEA 1975 Representative Assembly
So make one of these for students saying that they won't do any of that stuff and then they can't do any of those things. And on the site you told me to go to I found this at the bottom of the page.
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But yes I agree that is why I think that only middle school and high school students should be allowed to use phones in the classroom


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by MathandScienceprodigy 5 years ago
Alright. Policies? Pffft....

Let's take... crimes, for instance. You can commit a crime. You will be convicted. You will be taken prisoner. And maybe the death penalty will be imposed on you. Nonetheless, that has already occured.

Same goes with this.

Let me simplify this:

<ins><strong>What has past has already past</strong></ins>
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