Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Mobile Phones in Classrooms
Technology has changed almost everything. With the Internet and our mobile devices, everyone is now connected. Cell phones have become a necessity, more than just a luxury. And today, there is a very long standing debate about the use of mobile phones in the classroom
This argument was brought about by the thin line between the advantages and disadvantages of fast connectivity in the present society, as listed below. Read along and decide for yourself whether allowing the use of mobile phones in the classroom is a good idea or not.
Advantages of Mobile Phones in Classrooms
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Moreover, with the advent of smart phones, it is now easy for students to access the internet and play or shop online.
• Cell phones can be used in cheating. Text messaging is the new note passing. Students can exchange text messages with test answers on them without the teacher’s knowing.
• Cell phones can be used in bullying. Students can take a video or a picture of their teachers and/or classmates that can be dehumanizing.
• Cell phones can be detrimental to school safety. Cell phones can cause chaos during bomb and other threats because of the parents’ rushing to the school.
• Cell phones can be health hazards. Constant exposure to the radiation emitted by mobile phones may be bad for the students
* Kids are always under pressure to do well in school. As a result, the occasional student may cheat on a test. Mobile phones are capable of more than just calling and texting. Students can easily gain Internet access through their phones during an exam. Additionally, they can listen to recorded information. This is facilitated by "exam cheat equipment" such as inconspicuous ear pieces, that students can purchase online.
* Before cellphones, bullying was limited to physical or verbal abuse. Now, mobile phones can take pictures and videos, creating a trend called "cyber-bullying." Students have used their phones to embarrass their peers or teachers. For example, students may record school fights and post them online. Teachers are not immune to the bullying. Kids might record their teacher losing his temper, then post it on sites such as YouTube. Common sense would dictate that these acts can be humiliating to the victims and harmful to the school's reputation.
* Texting in class has become a serious concern for educators. Dr. Patricia...