Allowing Students to Use Mobile Devices May Limit Distraction

Teachers used to confiscate phones back in the flip-phone days, but does that practice have any real-world effects? We’ve gathered the data and have come to a surprising conclusion. 

Teenagers have loved their telephone ever since the Alexander Graham Bell model became available to the public: it is not new to Millennials. While the connection to their device may be a bit different, e.g., they carry them in their pocket at all times, the obsession is nothing new.

Seventy-three percent of teens have smartphones with unlimited internet access. With schools looking towards digital technology to help create and mold more impactful learning, should they still be telling their students to leave their phones at home? (Or in their backpack?) For the 21 percent of schools that have a bring-your-own-device-to-the-classroom-so-you-can-participate-in-the-daily-activities, the answer is an emphatic, “NO.”

Kids, without even realizing it, don’t really see their phone as a toy. A toy implies occasional and fun use. Many of these students have their phones on them so regularly; it’s just another tool, and an educational one at that.

How to Balance Smartphone Access and Education in the Classroom

Phones may be distracting but their educational potential outweighs any negatives. Students have the ability to engage in discussions through their phones, which may remove the anxiety that comes from public speaking. All of this helps turn a potential issue into something that is beneficial.

Smartphones can be used to enhance learning and support the new curriculum that is centered on the idea that technology is not a crutch; instead, it helps students get from point A to point B.

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