Let’s take a look and see why students k-12 should be able to use their cell phones while at school.
1. In Preparation for a Real World Job
Most working people benefit from having their cell phones on them. They can access their email, call clients, check inventory, read the news, use software applications, and more. Students need to learn how to use their cell phones responsibly (see next tip!).
2. To Teach Responsibility
Students know they shouldn’t use their cell phones in school to play Angry Birds, or listen to music, or text their friends about the quiz they just took. Phones and tablets should be used responsibly and for educational purposes. Students could do research for English papers, or download an app that provides extra information on one of the chemical elements in the periodic table. When necessary, teachers could combat cheating by making students put their phones on “airplane mode” or any mode that will not allow them to send/receive any messages or use the Internet. Whenever there is a test, teachers can make students put their mobile devices in the front of the classroom until the test is over.
3. To Avoid Double Standards
Administrators often take notes on their phones as part of teacher observations. Some teachers, coaches, and counselors use their cell phones in school settings, too. It may not be permitted, but they are allowed to do so without the same consequences as students. Why shouldn’t students be able to do the same?
4. In Case of Emergency
If a student forgot his homework or calculator on the day of a calculus test, he could call his parents and ask them to bring it to school without causing a scene. In more serious emergencies, like a school threat or shooting, cell phones could help students connect with worried parents.
5. As Learning Aids
Many phone apps offer visual representations of difficult-to-grasp subjects (like astronomy, science, or anatomy) that can assist visual learners and/or students who have dyslexia. Tablets offer the same services, but may provide a better user experience because of the size difference.
6. To Make Detention more Bearable
All students dread detention, and skipping it only gets them in further trouble. Why not give students an incentive to attend? Teachers can place a cell phone charging station at the front of the classroom, allowing students to recharge their phones while they’re busy with homework. The M8 Mobile Charging Station (shown below) is a perfect solution. This prevents students from using their cell phones during punishment and makes them feel comfortable knowing their precious lifelines will be charged after they’ve served their time.
7. To Keep Students Happy
According to a study conducted in 2005, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Laura King, and Ed Diener found that happiness causes success. Therefore if we keep students, grades k-12, happy they will be more willing to learn, more productive, and more likely to succeed. And isn’t that what everyone wants?