Blog Post #407:  Nomophobia – NO MObile phone PHOBIA – Phones in Classrooms – Part TWO

Blog Post #407:  Nomophobia – NO MObile phone PHOBIA – Phones in Classrooms – Part TWO

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Yesterday we talked about No Mobile Phone Phobia – the fear of not having a mobile phone – almost like ‘being alone’ in the world.  We also tied that into education. Are cell phones good for students? Are cell phones bad for students? The answer to both questions seems to be ‘YES’!!!

Hey Bruce – how can the answer to both questions be ‘yes’?  
Two answers to that:  1 – this is my blog and I can say what I want; (and that is a lousy answer) and 2 – there are good things in technology – maybe not the phone part but with internet searches and more.  Plus – learning the discipline of when to use the phone and when not.

Let’s leave the phones out of it for a while and focus on the technology.  Many schools are using tablet computers. Without the phone and texting options, tablets can be great for schools.  

This website gives 10 benefits of using tables in the classroom: (quoted from the site)

  • Easy to use
  • Direct Communication
  • Live knowledge base
  • Personal approach
  • More cost-effective than textbooks
  • Faster visualization, quicker reporting
  • Improving computer skills
  • Hassle-free assessment
  • Paperless homework
  • Learning simulations

The same website gives these four problems

  • Unnecessary distractions
  • Technical limitations
  • Financial considerations
  • Training and adaptability

As a professor with laptops in the classroom, I will agree with the advantages (and disadvantages).  And (to me) as compared to using smartphones in the classroom, you have generally eliminated texting and phone calls.  (Not totally on the texting – that is where teachers need to ‘eyes in the back of their heads).

Internationally the One-Laptop-Per-Child movement was focused on cheap (under $100) tablets (some even use wind-up-electricity to power the laptops).  Storage is fairly cheap and they can come preloaded with thousands of pages of information and lessons. These are more common in remote areas of Africa and Asia.  Some include internet access by satellites on a periodic basis.

Amazon Tablets are priced at $30 and up.  You might be paying that much for a textbook (or multiple textbooks).  And for Maria and my musical friends – many people are now putting their music on their tablets – less paper waste and better storage.

My viewpoint is that tablets can be the best in the classroom over phones – larger screens less temptation to go away from the lessons.  But … this topic has not been fully decided!!!

What do you think?  Smartphones, tablets, no phones, no tablets.


Posted by Bruce White

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