- Anusha Bargavi
A major on-going and never-ending debate these days is about the increasing development of technology, especially that of mobile phones. Although they are highly useful and increase one’s efficiency at work, the many demerits of the cellular phone are now taking the limelight. The hot topic of the day is the use of these cell phones in educational institutions. Many educators find it a nuisance to find students in their classroom possessing mobile phones. Educational institutions also have started prohibiting the use of these phones within their campuses. However, as every coin has two sides, even cell phones have their own merits and demerits.
One major use of the cell phone is during emergencies. It is every student’s need to be able to contact their parents and family in times of emergencies. The cell-phone is a very handy and useful means of communication during these times. For instance, a student who is late due to some unavoidable circumstance can inform her parents of the issue and let their worries cease.
Although student use of mobile phones within educational institutions has long been considered something of a pest, the progressive convergence of phone technology with the mainstream online environment means that we now need to seriously consider the role of these devices in education as part of the broader range of handheld tools. Far from prohibiting them, we can actually use them as a method of learning itself! Cell-phones have become an inseparable part of everyone’s daily life and that is a reality. It is better to accept the reality and use it to our benefit rather than to shun it.
The school board is jamming the genie back into the lamp, even though the use of handheld technology is ubiquitous in the real world. Rather than restrict the use of this technology, educators (and...