Editorial: Cell phones should be used for educational purposes

Posted: May 9, 2016 in Editorials, Opinion
A student uses Kahoot on her phone during class. Members of a CNB editorial team argue that phones should during class more often.

A student uses Kahoot on her phone during class. Members of a CNB editorial team argue that phones should during class more often.

     Cell phones are very popular, but can they be used as an educational tool? Yes, phones have technically advanced applications and tools the students can use; they can also help conserve paper use. Although cell phones can be distracting, they can also be very useful. If schools select this concept, they could eventually create some type of surveillance to monitor students’ phones only when in the classroom. With the uprise of students acquiring cell phones, schools will be saving more money if they choose to swing with this idea; having cellular devices in school takes the place of buying textbooks and Chromebooks.
     There are some apps on cell phones can be a positive learning utensil to students, for example, StudyBlue, which helps students create flashcards and quizzes, or DropBox, which allows students to easily share documents.
     When it comes to school work, cell phones can be very effective . Cell phones, or smart phones, are very convenient devices. In the article, “Dial-A-Class” Elizabeth Green explains things cell phones can do that Chromebooks can’t. “The children used cell phones to test the air for carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and noise pollution.” With the help of some testing with probes and zipped bluetooth signals, they had managed to achieve an air tester. Smartphones can do a lot, they can keep you in touch with distant friends and family, and can even help you with your homework/classwork.
     Most students that are in school now were born with access to technology. Students are getting faster and have better access to information along with the technological growth. Most students use phones on a daily basis, whether it’s their parents or their own. Learning how to do everything with their cellular device would be very easy because they are already familiarized with hand held devices.
     Those opposed to cell phone use in class would say that children can get distracted by their phones and can be irresponsible when using them, but, whatever is in front of these students, they’re going to mess around. Whether it’s drawing inappropriate pictures in a textbook, or playing games on a chromebook, it happens. We don’t see phones in class, as more distracting than other learning tools. Not all students own phones and it wouldn’t be fair and equal to all students, but, schools can just use computers they already had for those students. Although they can be distracting, students are very familiar with their cellular devices, and some students may find it easier to just use their phone.
     Cell phones would be efficient and beneficial to have in the educational atmosphere. They save money for both the students and the school. They can also save time, and students wouldn’t have to worry about forgetting their books or items for class. Everything that they would need for class would already be in their pocket.
     Why should schools spend money on more computers when students already have everything they need in the palm of their hand?

This article is the opinion of the Cougar News Blog editorial team of Caitlyn McNear, Bailey Tower, Chelsey McCarthy, and Gracie Lentz.

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