The Great Debate: Technology in the Classroom Part 1

In my last post on cyber sleuthing, I wasn’t able to dig up that much dirt on Conor Wooley. This week, I’m back with full force to destroy him in a debate on technology in the classroom. I am going to be arguing against the use of cellphones in the classroom.

  • As I read Conor’post about why he thinks cellphones are good, I started seeing some red flags. The first red flag that flew for me was when Conor said, ” Many students lives revolve around their cellphones and can become very uncomfortable when they don’t have it”. Kids these days are SO wrapped up and attached to their phones. Allowing kids to bring their phones out in class so that they feel comfortable is just going to feed their addiction. The classroom is time for learning, you do not NEED your cellphone during learning time. I feel that kids need time away from their phones where they are unplugged and focused on in-class learning.

2. Conor goes on to say that, “Another very powerful feature that teachers are able to use when students have their cellphones is to quickly and effectively complete formative assessment“. I thought he had me on this one but that I began to criticially think this one through as well as doing some research. Yes, there are tons of apps that lend well to formative assessment in the classroom HOWEVER, I have seen first hand how students can abuse this.  For example, students getting off track, using non-academic apps, and texting when they are supposed to be doing a Kahoot.

In an article I read, Richard Freed states the following, “High levels of smartphone use by teens often have a detrimental effect on achievement, because teen phone use is dominated by entertainment, not learning, applications”.  I think the idea of using apps for assessment in class is fine and dandy but unrealistic. Kids care more about snapchatting and how many likes the insta they posted before school got than participating in a Kahoot.

3. In another article I read, it talked about cellphones being used in instances of bullying. This is another reason I disagree with cellphones being allowed in the classroom. In my own experience in school , I remember hating the feeling of people whispering about me. I can only imagine how it would feel knowing people are texting about you/ snap chatting you behind your back in class. Yes, I understand that bullying is inevitable and can be found in almost any classroom but I feel like having cellphones allowed in classroom would add an extra layer of bullying and intensify situations. 

4. Cellphones can be used for cheating. The thought of snapping a quick picture of your notes and peaking at it sounds appealing and it is my fear that young students would turn to this option during an exam if they felt unprepared. Not having cellphones in the class would eliminate the urge in students to cheat during exams. 

These are just four starting points in why I think cellphones don’t have a place in classrooms. I could go on and on but I will save some of my key points for a later date. Stay tuned for future posts where I yet again prove Conor wrong!


2 thoughts on “The Great Debate: Technology in the Classroom Part 1

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  1. I think you make some good points, but I think it’s important to understand that cell phones aren’t the ultimate evil, nor are they the answer to everything. All things in moderation!
    I allow my students to use their phones lots in class, for certain activities and with guidelines.


  2. I think your debate may have Connor shaking in his boots! I consistently teeter between whether cellphones are beneficial or detrimental to students learning journeys. I think the bullying aspect of cellphones and their connection to social media is really quite scary in regards to letting students use them. However i do agree with Connor that students lives and the younger generation depend on these little devices for many things. Its the change in which the world is going along with therefore as teachers we must be flexible in find out out how to teach our students the most effective and secure way of utilizing cellphones in an educational direction. An article I would like to share with you is from Boston Globe and it weighs both the positive and negative effects of cellphones in todays classrooms and how we might go about seeking a balance of cellphone use:


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