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should smart phone uses be allowed at school

As a korean student, i am obliged to hand in my cell phone every week on monday mornings and recieve it back on friday when i go home.(boarding school). Then i had a wondering- that if this act wasn't too much. So i want to hear everybody's opinion on whether smart phones should be allowed in school or not- since taking the gadget away for a week caused me so much inconveniences. Please share opinions 2ith me!

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    Jun 22 2013: During class or exam "NO" , other than that "YES".
  • Jun 22 2013: smartphone shouldn't be allowed in class,it is obvious.But after classes,it should be allowed to connect with phones,otherwise how students connect with their parents and friends?
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      Jun 22 2013: What about good old handwriting and snailmail? Or does this sets 'speed addicts' on 'cold turkey' already?
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    Jun 21 2013: That is a very interesting question. Since you said "smartphone" and not just "phone" I will assume you referring to the 'smart' access capability that a smartphone has and not the communication with other phones ability (verbal, text, email, etc) - because to carry on a conversation in a classroom is just too obviously disruptive. So what we're really considering with this question is should students have access, via electronic devices, to information not given in the classroom. We used to believe (centuries ago and not-so-long ago) that students should not read 'unacceptable' literature, that they should not be 'exposed to unsavory practices', and that they should behave in a prescribed way. We now believe that it's healthy for students to have access to all sorts of 'alternate' points of view and learn to make decisions themselves without prejudice. Now, instead of a controlled curriculum environment (in the classroom) we have the ability to access nearly any option in the world via the internet. I understand that often the material taught is not the goal of the lesson. But rather than support the 'status quo' of curriculum presentation, I would suggest that we carefully consider any method of expanding the students ability to access information/learning, and reflect on how we can make it work, rather than why it won't.
    • Jun 22 2013: That is a very different and new approach, never thought of it that way!
      When I asked the teachers why phones(and I meant not only smart ones) weren't allowed to be possessed by us students, they just had the stubborn reaction, 'Of course you shouldn't be carrying your phones in school, why would you be.'
      What do you think of taking phones away for a whole week? Do you not think that it is too much?
      I think we all understand about restricting the use during class sessions, but I think schools should hand the students phone back for them in the event of emergencies and keeping in contact with families.
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        Jun 22 2013: In my opinion, authority can only impose during the time i am within their arena. Outside of that, they cannot. But that is my opinion, not necessarily reality, and i am not there. Good fortune to you.
        • Jun 22 2013: RIght. Thank you for sharing your opinion! :)
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    Jun 22 2013: Could you describe the 'inconveniences' it causes you? As I choose to give up my cell-phone some time ago, I didn't notice any significant inconvenience within the 'transition period'.
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    Jun 21 2013: I think it is reasonable not to allow phones to be on in the classroom, as they are a distraction not only to the student with the phone but also to others in the classroom.

    At a boarding school, it would seem reasonable for kids to have access to phones when not in the classroom, unless there is a reason for the policy of withdrawing them. Do you know the origins of the policy?

    I assume you have access to laptops in the evenings?
    • Jun 21 2013: Thnx for the tips! And yes, i do have access to laptops in the evening, mainly for studying uses.

      To be honest I haven't really heard of the origins, but as many would assume, i believe that the policy was made to prevent students from disrupting their (and others) study. Also It would subsequently prevent physical health issues such as turtle neck symptoms from watching the phone at the palm of your hands frequently, and addiction with smart phones.

      I agree with the school getting in control of uses at class. However, it'd be better if we received our phones every day in night time, because we're only high school students who can (maybe) get in danger of injured. Situated in the middle of the mountains with lots of rocks and bulky roads, many students get injured when they are hasty or were just walking, and end up breaking their ankles. That happens pretty often.
      Another reason I'd like to have access with my phone during the week has to do with the school's Wi-fi problems. Even though my school's broad and wide, their are limited numbers of Wi-fi installed in classrooms and dormitary, so many students can not have access to internet when they need to make researches or listen to lectures. Smart phones come in handy in these situations, because of the Hot spot function.

      I believe there should be a compromise between the teachers and the students. What would be the best way?
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        Jun 21 2013: How do proposals from students to administrators work in South Korea?
        • Jun 22 2013: Some of the student representatives gather at a regular school assembly, discuss about issues and agendas, then report them to teachers and head master, if this is what you have asked for!
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    Jun 21 2013: well, why did they take it away, if we know their reasons we can make better comment. Probably you would pay better attention to the teacher if you don't have the phone.

    Yeon, if you want more time on your conversation, click "edit" and add more time.
    • Jun 22 2013: Thank you I extended it for another week.
      Yes you are right, phones were originally taken to make students pay better attention to the class.

      But as odd it might be, lots of students in Korea doze off in class.
      What I'm saying here, is that phones are not the main causes that ruins the concentration in class.
      Rarely do the phones ring and students text in class when they own it.

      So what would be the best way to actually increase productivity in class other than taking away phones in class?
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        Jun 22 2013: What do you mean when you say "students text in class when they own it," do you mean when they own their phone? That would seem to justify taking them away, they should be listening to the teacher, not texting, am I right?

        Well, so far I'm thinking it's a good thing to take away the phones, but maybe I don't know the whole situation. I think if I were a teacher, I would probably awaken students who were sleeping. They should be sleeping at home, at night, shouldn't they? As far as other ways to increase productivity, well, is there a productivity problem in South Korea? It's a successful nation, isn't it?
  • Jun 21 2013: Im a college student in america, there have been many instances where the professor mentioned something, and using the dictionary or google in my phone so conveniently I was able to make sense of what they were lecturing, or answer a question that the professor had.
    That, and I am a parent, anything could happen while Im in class so I need to be on call.
    As long as its an aid and not a distraction I dont see a problem with it. I prefer a tablet with blocked sites so it doesnt become a distraction in the classroom, as kids are easily distracted lol
    • Jun 22 2013: That's what I think too. Students these days don't necessarily phone or text-message each other to keep in contact(which are the basics of every phone.) Rather Korean students use an app named 'Kakao-Talk' to chat and keep in contact. Now, since you can chat by using apps with Wi-fi connection, you don't really need phones to get in contact with anybody. I mean, as you have said, tablets like i-pads are replacing that very function, but then why are teachers not taking away tablets too, if they have the same usage?
      So I think just taking away mobile phones because they distract students from class, is not legit enough, or appropriate. Other measures should be needed if that is what teachers are truly worried about.