It’s easy to say that technology has advanced at a rapid pace and has consumed everyone around it. Schools have incorporated it into their education systems, and the College Community School District is no different.
Now starting at Prairie Creek, 6th grade students are issued a laptop, provided by the school. Prairie Creek, Point, and the High School handbook all state that cell phones and other personal electronics must be put away in a class setting. However, there is an exception to this rule, determined by the student’s teacher who may allow them to use their devices in class with permission.
This is not to say that unauthorized personal electronic use doesn’t occur. Students and teachers alike use their phones or other devices inside the classrooms. Quite honestly, it’s expected and all too common in classrooms.
These devices are not necessarily bad and are actually pretty useful. But does using them in class really take that much away from younger student’s learning?
5th grade student Weston Bingham says lots of his classmates have phones or tablets and use them daily. “Some of my friends use them during class or lunch. Sometimes I me and my friends use our phones or tablets on the bus to play games or listen to music.”
When asked if he thought these devices were distracting from learning during class, he responded, “Not really. We just use them for fun when we aren’t doing anything. Sometimes my we’ll check during class but we never get in trouble with them.”
Students themselves might not see certain effects, but studies show that kids who use these devices often, especially for games, tend to have more trouble focusing. If using these devices often outside of school causes this to occur, what happens with use in class?
Students using phones and even computers in class for things not related to their school work occur all the time. But with the technological advancements, the benefits outweigh the negatives. So while technology may be creeping into our education at an earlier age than ever, it’s easy to say it’s beneficial.