Cellphones in the Classroom

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Cell Phones in Classrooms
Robert Morris University
Mrs. Ferda Omurtag
COSK 1221
March 22nd, 2012

Cell phones have advanced in technology tremendously over the years. There has also been some contradiction as whether or not cell phones should be banned in schools. Some people, such as the author(s) of “Schools Review Cell Phone Bans,” (2009) say that cell phones are a distraction to students while trying to learn; while other authors, such as the author of “Cell Phones in the Classroom,” (2010) Marie Bjerede, say that cell phones offer students the ability to branch out of text books and retrieve information from the internet right from a smartphone. When interviewed, Hunter Khaleghi, a student from Robert Morris University, said he thinks college students are responsible and capable enough to manage using cell phones in class, and that the devices should not be banned (personal communication, January 24, 2012).
Cell phones have many diverse uses, such as communication, a source of endless resources, and storing/organizing data. The author of “Cellphones Now Used More for Data Than for Call,” (2010) Jenna Wortham, says “I use my cell phone to make out grocery lists, record voice memos, listen to music, track my caloric intake, and update my Twitter and Facebook accounts (para.1).” Some of these uses may create distraction in a classroom setting, but with the right guide lines and restrictions can be useful to students on a university academic level. Students are encouraged by many professors to use a laptop or notebook computer to take notes and do research in and out of class. Smart phones have the same technology and features as a standard computer, including Internet access and document templates. This allows students to have access to the information quickly and conveniently.
College students’ lives are more often than not busy. Between classes, work, studying, and social activities, it can be a hassle to write down

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