Saturday, July 24, 2010

Teenager Ethan Davids describes how essential his phone is to him

I recently read an article written by a 17 year old high school student. The article focused on why the teenager believes cell phones are essential tools for learning. Below are a few excerpts from the article

"As a student who has experienced some very rowdy and distracting classes, I know that mobile phones can cause huge distractions for not only students, but teachers as well. I am also aware that mobile phones can be a danger to the school environment; however I believe they can still have their benefits in the classroom."

"An argument I have never understood is that youngsters have become too reliant on their mobiles. Nowadays mobile phones can be as useful to people as a pencil and paper, and I have never come across an argument that adults have become too reliant on those!"

The author, Ethan, makes an excellent point at the end of the article, and a point that many teachers who have allowed cell phone use in learning seem to echo, which is that once cell phones are allowed to be out in the open in schools, rather than banned, then teachers can control who, what, where and how the cell phones are used. Here is his quote,

"Eventually I hope mobile phones will be looked upon in a much more reasonable way and take a more important role in education. After all, there’s only so much fun you can have with editing teachers’ faces!"


Lea said...

Where is the evidence that cellphones enhance student learning? Is anyone conducting a careful study in order to assess whether cell phones cause a significant improvement in learning?

Liz Kolb, Ph.D. said...

You have a good comment and question...Here is one recent study that found a positive link between texting and spelling. University of Coventry has done a lot of research on literacy and cell phone use.

In addition the PBS Ready to Learn Study found a positive link between low income preschoolers and using cell phones to help them learn to read (on PBS website under Ready to Learn)

masterb said...

Cellphones will always be a point of distraction and not an enhacement for learning

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