Pros And Cons Of Cell Phones In The Classroom

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According to a Pew Research Center study, “Some 88 percent of American teens ages 13 to 17 have or have access to a mobile phone, and a majority of teens (73 percent) have smartphones” (Matchan 1). In the past decade the amount of kids and teens with cell phones or smartphones has drastically increased. With the rise of smartphones Teachers and staff in schools have spent lots of time contemplating and trying to find the best way to combat this growing dilemma. Even though some people find that cell phones are beneficial to students learning, cell phones and other devices are a distraction to student learning and increase the amount of disloyalty in classrooms. Distractions are everywhere in the classroom, others talking, music that 's too loud, noise from other classrooms, but the biggest distraction comes from a tiny little device, a cell phone. Teachers and staff have been debating the pros and cons to cell phone use in the classroom. Becky Dieffenbach emphasizes that, “‘[Technology] just becomes a source of distraction for some students, because no matter how many times you repeat the rule that they can only be on technology when the teacher says it’s ok, they choose to ignore the rule and then disciplinary actions have to be enforced’” (Kiema 1). In this case the cons far outweighed the pros. Cell Phones take up half of the human populations life, people feel a constant need to be on them and to check them. In the classroom this is a big issue. When all students focus
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