Higher Education Classroom and the Usage of Mobile Phones

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Mobile phones more so smartphones can be qualified as a necessary evil in the classroom setting since they have their advantages and disadvantage. McCoy posits that mobile phones should be allowed in the classroom because students can use the mobile apps to improve their reading, spelling, pronunciation skills as well as access the information needed while at the school. Also, the use of mobile phones in classes enhances individual and collaborative learning (Yu and Conway 834). While in class, the learner can handle the correct questions and analyze them individually after which he can brainstorm with others through texting as the lesson progresses thus agreement on unanimous answers. Similarly, with mobile phones in the classroom, students can take notes and read by themselves thus easing the instructor’s task as stated by McCoy. More so they can share the notes with their colleagues who might have been absent during class time hence facilitating the understanding of the content.

Conversely, phones use in classroom poses challenges to learning hence should not be allowed. First, students result to using mobile phones for non-classroom purposes like texting, emailing and social networking thus interfering with learning (Yu and Conway 837). Even if most students claim that they engage in such behaviors during class time to stay connected, fight boredom and entertain themselves, it results to low concentration hence missing instruction offered in the learning process as founded by McCoy.

Furthermore, phones hamper students’ ability to persevere when faced with challenging tasks in the classroom. They can efficiently use the internet to provide the solutions to the tasks thus discouraging their critical thinking ability. Due to low concentration brought by phones usage in class, it is hard to master new concepts introduced by instructors. They end up grasping nothing during the learning process as cited by Yu and Conway (837). All in all, monitored use of mobile phones in the classroom causes less harm than good, therefore, should be allowed under strict guidelines on the time and occasion of usage.

Works Cited

McCoy, Bernard, "Digital Distractions in the Classroom: Student Classroom Use of Digital Devices for Non-Class Related Purposes" (2013). Faculty Publications, College of Journalism & Mass Communications. 71.

Yu, Fuxin, and A. R. Conway. "Mobile/smart phone use in higher education." Proceedings of the 2012 Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (2012): 831-839.

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