…and start accepting cell phones in the classroom
TECHNOLOGY | By Adrian Hanna
Society relies heavily on using new and constantly evolving technologies to function smoothly. The average person can no longer function productively in this world that constantly demands you to be in two places at once without being constantly hooked on a smart phone or tablet.
Now of course there is a time and place for everything. But even in board meetings and interviews, the use of technology is often permitted and even encouraged.
While most people have conformed to accepting this new and quicker pace to life, there are still some who resist the influence technology has on the work environment.
Teachers are caught in a constant battle with students to keep the cell phone usage in check. While students will argue that they can focus on their studies while texting and surfing the web, most teachers feel that technology in classes is currently being exploited and should be monitored.
Susan Gannett, English Department Head at Dartmouth High, says, "In an ideal classroom I can certainly imagine that students and teachers could both benefit from using cell phones. But I believe that students are mostly just texting and playing games. In spite of the fact that the younger generation has the reputation for being much better multitaskers than us older folk, I don't believe the vast majority of students can learn effectively with the extra distraction in hand."
The Halifax Regional School Board decided during the 2012-2013 academic year to install internet routers to support local wifi and internet use in classrooms. IMessage on tablets, Twitter, and Instagram are now accessible to DHS students with the right devices.
Students do not seem concerned. 100% of students surveyed use their cell phones or tablets in class. But only two of these fifty students believe the phones are negatively affecting their grades.
Having that distraction in class at this point in the game is completely fine. To be able to look down, answer your friend, then resume your work or listen to the teacher offers relief to most students. It gives them a chance to take a small break from the class, which ultimately helps them stay more focussed.
Teachers are wasting their time getting mad at students and interrupting the flow of learning by addressing one or two students who happen to be texting. Chances are they are simply answering a text and will resume paying attention to the teacher in a moment.
Society is relying heavily on new technologies to get about the day. Teachers are wasting limited class time trying to prevent this. Get with the program, teachers.