The Cell Phone Controversy
When students first began carrying cell phones, educators saw them primarily as a distraction in the classroom. Even more concerning was the fact that some students quickly learned how to use these devices to cheat on tests in class. The kneejerk reaction by many schools was to simply ban cell phones altogether, creating policies that would allow for the confiscation of phones that were seen in halls or classrooms during school hours.
- Phones provide a high tech, interactive alternative to lectures that fail to engage all students
- Phones can be used to note study reminders the student can refer to at home
- Students can use phones to collaborate with one another
- Phones can help students connects with those in other schools or even other countries
- Students can record information and video onto phones to be referenced later