Can you imagine that my child got suspended for cheating, yes cheating! All because a student asked a question and the teacher couldn't answer it and my dear child took out his phone to assist her with her ignorance. As he was surfing the net pressing Google and typing in the question she accused my poor innocent child of cheating. Now any intelligent person would have been happy that their student had their best interest at heart, especially when the school's internet was down and she didn't know the answer. As my son tried to explain why he was on the phone, she yelled get out! You were texting someone in the class for the answer and furthermore, all cell phones are banned.
Educators have labeled cell phone as a classroom disturbance and they have been banned in most schools across the country. But, is it possible to thinks that there could be, in between the deafening ring tones and the obsessive text messaging, some redeeming educational qualities to these devices. Any intelligent sound minded person would agree that a cell phone is not used for calling or texting alone. Cell phones today are so advance that now you can take pictures of assignments and notes, record lectures, record podcast, access textbooks. It also allows for activities like designing, animating, blogging, publishing, video casting, collaborating, networking, monitoring and commenting. Are you aware it can also be used as a tool such as a calculator, organizer and even an alarm clock and timer for activities?
You know I was totally enraged. Wouldn't you be? Everyone knows that students today are what persons refer to as digital natives or 21st Century learners. Wouldn’t it be in the best interest of administrators, teachers, and us parents to teach students how to use a phone ethically in the school environment? I am certain that any application that requires a data connection would not be hard to block. They could have students join a provided Wi-Fi network that...
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