Are cell phones a distraction to students’ education?

By Joanna Lopez, Marlen Mendez, Jonathan Negreros, Karla Barrera

Cell phones cause a concern for some educators. Schools and teachers fear that many of their students are easily distracted in class as their friends send them a text message and they attempt to reply under their desks.

 

This can lead to trouble in school and a decline in grades and overall performance.

Math teacher Michelle Acosta said, “It often does distract students if they are texting someone else and then the student ends up being concerned about a certain drama that doesn’t really matter to class.” Yet Acosta realizes that the “Internet can be a “great resource.”

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There is no official cell phone policy at ASGL. Instead, it is up to the teacher’s discretion to decide whether to allow students to use cell phone or not. There are times when it is appropriate to use a cell phone and there times when it is not.

“They don’t realize that when they walk into a class it should be put on silent,” Principal John Samaniego said.

To better understand the situation we decided to make a survey for students at ASGL. Out of the 32 students surveyed, only four students reported that they did not own a phone. Eight students said that they countlessly check their phone. Four students out of 32 students said that phones are a distraction.

So should cell phone be banned from schools? The question still remains. Both teachers and students say cell phones can be a tool for learning and teaching. Others argue that nothing is that important that a student should have their cell phone. One thing is for sure. Cell phones are here to stay.

Six students that took the survey said that they can only live one day without their phone, and 13 said they can’t live without their phone for one week and only two can live without it for an hour. We went around the school looking for any students with cell phones asking them for their opinion on the cell phone policy.

Jeffery Kim (freshman):

Q: Do you use your cell phone during class or school hours?

A:  Nope

Q: Do you feel the use of cell phones is a distraction?

A: Yea I think so

Q: Is using a cell phone during class important to you?

A: I don’t use my cell phone during class.

Q: How long do you use your cell phone?

A: …

Q: Do you think teachers are doing the right thing when they take away the students cell phones?

A: No because my cell phone helps me concentrate in class

Q; Should every student be allowed to use their cell phone during class?

A: Not everyone

Michelle Acosta (teacher):

Q: Do you feel the use of cell phones in class is a distraction to students?

A: Yes and no. Some people are looking up things related to the topic others are playing video games. It often does distract students if there texting someone else and then he student end up being concerned about a certain drama that doesn’t really matter to class and then they can’t think of what their supposed to and then other student who got the internet as a resource and that’s great. It depends on the student weather they can be responsible or not.

Q: Should every student in class be allowed to use their cell phone?

A: No there is some people who can use it properly and some people who can’t. I would love to decide who can and can’t use it. I wish they all could use it responsibly. Can they? No.

Q: Why do you think students choose to use their cell phones during class instead of waiting after school?

A: A lot of people, mostly teenagers, adults too, cannot prioritize. They can’t do what they need to when it’s supposed to be done they just do what they want to whenever they want to.

John Samaniego (principal):

Q: Do you feel the use of cell phones in class is a distraction to students?

A: I have seen a difference in utilization of cell phones. Before I would see it used as a distraction and now I’ve seen students use it for the instruction. It’s really nice to see that.

Q: Should every student in class be allowed to use their cell phone?

A:  I think cell phones have become necessary because it is a great communication tool but is just realizing when to use it.

Q: Why do you think students choose to use their cell phones during class instead of waiting after school?

 

 

 

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