Should I Let My Students Use Their Cell Phones in Class?
- As some schools plunge into technology, poor schools are left behind - The Hechinger Report
This is the article I was referring to.
- When Your School is Short on Tech | Cult of Pedagogy
If you're in a school where the technology is in short supply, and you believe your students are falling behind because of it, you have options.
Should you let your students use their personal device in class? A lot of teachers have this simple question, and they see that there are some bad things that students can do with it. That's why most schools banned it anyway. Right? Well, maybe we don't have too banned it. Let the ones that use it responsibly use and the ones that don’t do whatever punishment that you feel is necessary.
In January 2012 a news article was written about how some schools can’t afford to get computers or laptops for every student in their school. It goes in depth of how some schools have the technology for every student while poor schools are left behind. It talks about a bit about how some schools are funded but others are forced to ask for donations from parents to keep up with the other schools. But with many of these struggles, one of the solutions that many of the schools are implanting is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. Going along with that, if a student isn't at school one day when then they could ask one of their friends to record this class. Or if they missed something or forgot something from your class then they could easily replay your class they could also look over a voice memo. To help your students do research for their projects. For example, if your students are doing dance and your classroom doesn't have any electronics then how are they going to practice? Apps can also help your students to stay engaged. Would you rather look at an old textbook that has been graffiti multiple times or look at a nice clean textbook that's online and you could access it at home without caring 3 textbooks that hurt your back? The school system is already not preparing students for the real world, so why would we prevent a tool that all students will use in their life no matter what they are going to do with it. It would also teach them responsibility. This is because if they are doing something that they are not supposed to do they would get disciplined just like talking in class or cheating. Plus, by using it in the classroom you could teach your students how to use their technology to use their real world, and how to prevent the bad things that come with using technology.
With all these examples I personally believe that it is worth the risk to let your students use their personal tech device considering the advantages. Some of those advantages are having apps that students can learn from. But some school can't afford to give all their students a Chromebook so, they could use the Bring Your Own Device Program. Along with that it also helps them learn and prepare them for the real world. If you are a teacher or a respective school staff then I hope you can understand why you should let your students use their personal device in class.
Do you think students should be able to use their own tech devices in class?
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