Cellphones in SchoolWhy are cellphones not allowed in school? I think it's kind of dumb that we are not allowed to use them during study halls or our down time.

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A couple of years ago a student of mine was taking an exam. She had her cell phone in her lap and she was texting the questions to a friend. When I asked her what she was doing she replied "asking my grandma for a cake recipe". I had to laugh.

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At my school, students can use technology freely:  cell phones in the classroom, iPads, any kind of technology.  Many teachers were sceptical at first, but I really enjoy the freedom and sense of 'adult-responsibility' that it gives the students.  Students using the phones inappropriately in class is rarely a problem, as they perceive their usage as a privilege and respect the guidelines for usage. 

I love the fact that the students can put their headphones on when they are working independently (they're only allowed to keep in one earbud so they can still hear the teacher if needed).  For many of my students getting to listen to music in class off their iPhone helps them block out other distractions. 

This was the first year for my campus to go to an 'open technology' policy, but it has been relatively trouble-free and the benefits have definitely outweighed the negatives. 

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As long as cellphones don't interfere with the actual process of education they should be allowed. To completely ban cellphones is to work against an overwhelming force, I think.  A full-on ban is going to inspire rebellion. Isn't it?

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I agree that cell phone should be allowed to be used during school class breaks and lunch, etc., and I believe most schools do allow this these days. However, the addictive power that cell phones have on teens causes many kids to abuse the rule and sneak calls and texts during class. I've seen it in high schools as well as college classrooms, and most teachers have experienced a ringing cell during class--a disruptive experience, to be sure. If students would faithfully follow the rules of most schools concerning this, there would be no problem.

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As others have said, this is not a blanket policy, and, when used appropriately, cellphones can be useful in the classroom. I have had students photograph a brainstorm from the whiteboard to help with homework and used video to help critique speeches. The key is discipline. Paper and pens certainly weren't banned when I was a student, and I spent all of my maths lessons writing notes to friends!

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At my school, we used to allow student cell phone use during lunch and between classes. It only took one student to change the policy. That student took a photo of himself undressed in the locker room and sent it to another student's phone during lunch, and the principal saw the picture. Instant rule change.

 

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There are also some schools that are pretty worried about the use of cell phones to take pictures.  They worry about them being used in locker rooms and such.  They worry that the school would then be liable for allowing their use.

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I agree that students should be allowed to use cellphones in hallways and during free time, and I taught at a school where that was allowed. Students, however, seem to associate class time with down time, and it was a constant battle to keep them from being used during class. 

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Some schools will allow them in study hall or at breaks. The problem is that if you can use the phone then, you have it with you. If you have if with you, you might use it during school to cheat on a test or mess around texting or playing on Facebook. Since there's no way to really control phone usage and limit it to certain times, many schools just tell students to leave the phones at home. (Not that they do.)
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