Cell phones creep into the classroom

Students at North Springs High School use cellular phones and tablets every day to help with furthering their academic careers. The technology in schools, although a sometimes controversial topic, has continued to evolve as new ideas and concepts worldwide push devices into the future.

Many students use their smartphones in almost every aspect of their school career. When asked how he used his smartphone in school, Jerome White, a junior at North Springs, detailed an extensive list of uses, “I use Evernote to jot down important information which is nice since is syncs with my computer. I also use the Edmodo app a lot because my teachers post there pretty frequently.” White also uses his phone for research, word referencing in his French class, and even tuning his viola in Orchestra with an app called gStrings.

There are also many students on the other end of the spectrum who don’t see as many benefits with using their phones and tablets for school. When asked how his cellphone played a role in his academic career, North Springs junior, Alasdair Boney, commented, “I don’t really use my cellphone that much for anything productive during school. I can keep up with work in class by using regular notes and use my computer at home for everything else.” Boney furthered his stance on cellphones in school with his assertion that, “ninety percent of the time, I see people getting distracted by texts or games on their phone when they’re supposed to be using it for an assignment.”

Both teachers and administration have been taking first steps in implementing cellphones and tablets into their curriculums. This has seen some success with programs like Kahoot! –an online quiz app which students can participate in using their phones. Students described using it as a fun experience that they might use for light practice or review, but not a viable alternative to their other in-class material.

Unfortunately, administration cannot always adapt to new technology as fast as technology changes, leading to outcomes where devices are more of a hindrance to education than an aid. We’ll just have to wait and see what technology can do to further our education in the future.

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