The Effects Of Cell Phones In The Classroom

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With technology advancing at a rapid rate there is the question on what impact will it have on the classroom. The general consensus is that technology can be a very useful tool in the classroom however it can also prove to be a distraction if it is used by students for things other than educational purposes. In the article “Can College Students Resist the Lure of Facebook, Twitter during class.” The author Barbara King uses several different sources to make her point that technology is a distraction to students and affects their learning. In the article she states that “…at the University of New Hampshire revealed that only 20 percent of them said they send no texts during a “typical” class (King).” It appears that the vast majority of students …show more content…
Berry and Aubrey Westfall looks at the use of cell phones in the classroom and whether or not it can be seen as distracting as many people think. They use several different surveys to show what the general perception is. One of the surveys that they looked at was one that looked at the noise that a phone makes and if that was to be considered distracting and they found that “Over 80% of faculty members suggest the noise from cell phones do not cause any disruptions during a typical class period (Berry and Westfall 64).” It also goes on to say that “only 8% of students suggested that their personal phone use has had a negative effect (Berry and Westfall 64).” The usage of technology in the classroom to students appears to have very little effect on their grade. They also managed to prove that students tend to use their phones more a class is winding down at the end. Therefore since most of the learning is done they are able to use the phone without much consequence. Students also don’t deny that it may distract them however because it doesn’t appear to affect their grade they have no reason to worry. It is ultimately up to the student to decide whether or not to engage in cell phone use no matter what the teacher’s policy may …show more content…
The integration of technology into the classroom will help students become more engaged in the learning experience. It will increase the student’s enjoyment of the class and if they are enjoying the class and engaged they will be less likely to stray of the main topic that they are looking at. There is still the danger of something like a laptop computer distracting more than just the one individual who is using it for another purpose other than that of note taking. However as mentioned above while a laptop has the ability to become a bigger problem than cell phone if integrated properly into the learning experience in could provide assistance. Technology in the classroom is not going to go away it is something that instead of trying to limit it should be more fully

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