Topic 6: Cell phones should be banned in the classroom.
|Lu (Echo) Liu||Bret McMann|
|Lovepreet Kaur||Reid Quest|
|Amanpreet kaur||Leona Stephen|
This is the new age question should we ban cell phones in the classroom? This is not as simple as yes or no. There is a real digital divide from class to class. Due to the lack of technology in some of the classrooms many of those students are missing out on some of the wonderful enhancers that come with being connected to the internet. Cell phones can potentially bring that experience to the classroom if the school division, school, or classroom lacks the technology to have laptops or tablets for their students.
I will remain split on this topic till the end of time. When I heard recently that Ontario banned cell phones provincial wide I found myself envious and shocked all in the same moment. When debating this topic one of my classmates Stephen Poll made a funny crack saying, “for teachers or students[?]…” Which does raise a valid point. I know there has always been the “why do teachers get it if we don’t” debate from students. However, why are teachers able to be poor role models with their cellphones and students can’t even bring them into the classroom/school. I do think about the amount of text messages I receive throughout the day and the anger people have if I don’t respond immediately while I’m at work. Yes, I do have my phone but the amount I use it is minimal as I want to be the role model for the students on how to moderate their screen time and control themselves. I can’t preach moderation if I myself can’t control myself. There are mostly likely teachers out there who abuse their phone in front of students and don’t allow students to have their cellphones in their classroom.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy week to read my blog. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments.