Technology is revolutionizing the world of education, replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way students learn. Technology has become accessible and easier to operate as technological devices have become smaller. These pocket-sized devices become a distraction when students bring the gadgets from home to school. Since the mid nineties, cell-phones have evolved and now are able to access the internet and are faster than ever before. Other fast evolving apps on phones as well as the quick accessibility of the internet tantalize students to misuse of these handheld devices at school. Cell-phone usage at school denys a focused educational environment.
Students who bring cell-phones from home to school, are at a higher risk of using the device to cheat. With the small handheld devices cheating has become faster and easier to do. The truth is that students may not think that cheating is wrong; students have lost insight of what collaboration is and addled the true definition.Most teens consider the following actions: looking at info stored on their phones during a test, taking pictures of test and assignments, and using phones to look up answers, as surprisingly, “helping” and not cheating. Teachers have caught high school students taking pictures of tests to pass along to students in later classes. These students that do get caught receive a repercussion, but it could all be avoided if cell-phones were not at school.
In addition to cell-phones encouraging dishonesty, cell-phones also endorse distraction in classroom environments. When used correctly the handheld devices can benefit to a fast thriving environment. Ramsey Musallam, an A.P. Chemistry teacher in San Francisco, uses cell-phones as an extension of communication with his students. So while there are teachers that support cell-phones in school, most do not. The primary concern of most teachers is that cell-phones distract students. Even though most schools require cell-phones to be turned off and be put away, such rule is difficult to enforce. Students are tempted by the device, particularly text messages and games call out to the student when confronted with boredom of an ongoing lecture. Should a phone ring in class, the entire classroom is disrupted. The interruption in classrooms could be averted by ridding them in schools
In response to students using cell-phones in school to disrupt a learning environment, socioeconomic stratification can be more prominently seen with students who do not own cell-phones. In some areas, only the more privileged students own the hand held devices. Discrimination can occur against the students who do not own cell-phones from those that do, leading to envy and sometimes theft. Surely there are those that do not let a meer cell-phone decipher whether a person is lower down in the stratum of society depending on if they own a cell-phone or not, but alas in today’s 21st century people are far more judging and less receptive in the sense that all are human with or without a cell-phone.
Once the phones are removed from the classroom students can get back to learning, and the teachers can teach with less distractions. Education will get better as a whole.