Students should be allowed to use smart phones in school?
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In the research paper, it is discussed whether students are allowed to use smartphones or not in school and how their academic performance will be impacted by the use of smartphones while studying. Also, whether mobile phones help in learning in academic schools. Students are allowed to use smartphones in secondary school but not in primary school. As when students come to secondary classes, they will be mature and are dedicated to their careers. So, that they know that they do not have to use mobile phones all the time because when children are in primary school, they easily get addicted to smartphones which degrade their performance in school, and they are not able to focus on their studies, the academic performance graph of students will also be fallen(Masiu, et al., 2018).
Mobile-learning is the e-learning through the use of computational devices, and for secondary class students, mobile phones have been contributed positively in the field of learning, and it improves their literacy as well as numeracy skills, as well as recognize their existing abilities (Masiu, et al., 2018).
As mobile phones are very useful, they are providing several benefits to individuals as well as teachers in school while they are teaching in the school. There are several benefits the students get from the mobile phones in their school are such as receiving email reminders from teachers, creating short narrative stories, they can easily connecting remotely to school learning platforms, as well as using GPS to identify different locations, downloading and listening to podcasts as well. Smartphones can be used to prepare videos as well as record videos and audio logs, and gather information for different topics, projects, and additional exams. Students can search and study from different videos and blogs to enhance their knowledge and gather information from different sources and use that knowledge for their projects, and assignments as well as exams (Akaglo, et al., 2019).
During the visual learning, the students were allowed to use smartphones and teachers only encouraged their students to use smartphones for better learning in the initial time of 20 minutes. Visual learning promotes that students can learn anytime and anywhere, only the requirement is the internet signal and it allows students to access their online classes on mobile phones as well as on laptops and tablets. And mobile phones are used to keep students updated on the assignments and use their phones so that important dates can be implemented as well.
Mobile learning increased the mobile learning activities, and it also leverages an online learning space, and it is an online learning tool to enhance learning in distance education. Visual learning allowed students to learn in the manner in which they want to study and they are comfortable studying at any place nowadays smartphones are the most used tool among teens(Akaglo, et al., 2019).
Students can get their answers quickly as well because it provides them the ability to search their answers on the internet and get the answer as soon as possible, as well as audio and video, can also bring learning to their life, also if teachers are using technology while teaching during schools then it leads to expand the learning in all over the world because students can from different areas can easily connect to teachers and enhance their learning.
Access to educational applications will take the learning up a notch. Students can get access to different applications of subject matter experts in which they will easily enhance their performance and learn nay topic as well as study any topic which they want to study because students know which of their topic is weak or their subject is weak so that they can focus on their topic and expand their knowledge and make stronger that topic as well as subject(Onyema, et al., 2019).
Mobile phones are spread around the world, but it has been determined that students are not allowed to use smartphones while studying in class, as it will distract their minds and their performance will also be affected. According to the many research studies, it has determined that there are several disadvantages of using mobile phones in education, and some schools have banned the use of mobile phones while studying. In terms of age, it has been determined that smartphones are not contributing to learning for students, but it has caused a distraction to their students(Lee, 2019).
It is very common for students that they lose their focus while studying if they are using their mobile phones because if any message or notification pops up on the mobile phone, then it leads to distraction and changing tabs in the laptops. According to the recent research, it has determined that students have made calls and text as well during their class, and the same study shows that students play games as well during their classes, and it is very easy for them to cheat in their examination while studying in their class. If students get bored during their class and do not get interested in their topic, then they generally take out their mobile phones for playing games in the classroom. If students have made their profiles on different social media platforms, that also distract them to check the notifications again and again, and not paying attention in their class.
Cyberbullying is very common in today’s world when students or teenagers are using smartphones when they are in school, generally, a group of boys target a group of girls or an individual girl and then continuously message them or call them to tease from another number or mobile phone so that their mobile phone is not able to get tracked. According to a recent research study, the information has been extracted that 33.8% of students have been bullied in their lifetime. Also, in schools cyberbullying has been easier for hackers or cybercriminals (Lee, 2019).
When students are using more smartphones at the age of school or playing outdoor games, they are using smartphones, then it leads to effects on their health as well as their weight also increases and leads to obesity, and it causes some diseases at a very young age. Cell phones are considered as bad for their students and some schools have set the rules that they are not allowed their students to use smartphones while studying in the classroom or while playing in the background because they are spending a lot of time on their mobile phones which is harmful to their health as well as their eyes (Onyema, et al., 2019).
The learning of students has been experienced by students’ interactions with their students and teachers. Mobile phones are also popular in the world because the use of mobile penetration rate is 98.2% in August 2003, and the different services offered to students with the help of smartphones including enhanced messaging service, multimedia messaging service as well as SMS can also be sent and increase the performance of students in their classrooms. If students are using mobile phones during their classroom or in school, they will not be able to interact with their friends and teachers, and it will not enhance their learning as well. Therefore, the learning experience of students is not good while using smartphones in the school as they will spend time only on checking notifications on different social media platforms or spend time chatting with someone who is of no use for them (Legault, 2020).
In the end, it is concluded that only secondary class students are allowed to use smartphones in school, only the primary class students must be restricted to not using smartphones in school, as it will affect their performance. It is said that students must control the use of smartphones, and maintain the proper use as well as control, and students must not abuse their teachers while studying in school because they are their teachers and gurus who are providing them the knowledge, so it is essential to respect them. Using smartphones in school is beneficial for students as well as considered as a con for several students because for students who are coming from far will be helpful to use the smartphone for identifying the correct location as it will save their time. So, the answer is that to allow smartphones to students in school must be depending on their level of education, that if they are in primary school then they must be restricted to use mobile phones during school and while they are in secondary school, students allowed to use smartphones in school. Therefore, the rules must be set by the school for students that what purpose and for what time they are allowed to use smartphones during school. It will be easy for students as well to focus on their studies.
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