According to an article in the New York Times education section, “smart phones belong in the classroom.” Apparently these cell phones can help students improve on their math skills, and their overall technological awareness. My question is, however, do kids these days really need to improve on their technological skills? From my experience, children over the age of 5, spend countless hours playing on computers, cell phones, and video games every single day.
As a future teacher, I think that having cell phones in the classroom is just another distraction, one that is hard to prevent. Promoting students usage of cell phones in the classroom may help in a few small ways, however, it is a slippery slope. Soon, student would be using their phones to text message, check facebook, and go online.
I am obviously as attached to my phone as everyone else, however I do understand the need for classrooms to be “cell phone free zones.”
The cell phone companies are saying that cell phones are really just small computers, which now, is really true. However, most elementary/high schools don’t allow students to bring laptops, so why would they allow them to bring in mini laptops, cell phones?
I am all for taking advantage of technology, I believe that students should be provided with the highest technology possible, however inside the classroom, I think it is controversial to allow students the use of cell phones.
In the real world, bosses don’t know the answers. They have ideas,
they have projections, but they don’t know for sure. So, instead of
training employees to give specific answers, they teach employees have
to solve problems. Problem is, young employees might have no idea how
to handle this.
Why? Because they’re used to being taught to excel on standardized
tests. No discovery here, just multiple choice questions with straight-
forward answers. This works in some disciplines–anything involving
math, usually–but not in all. They don’t measure innovation, they
don’t measure musical aptitude and they don’t measure writing skills.
So what do standardized tests measure? They measure a student’s
ability to take standardized tests, nothing more. No way to determine
if the student might be a great speaker, a superb manager or even a
theorist who might push the boundaries beyond what we currently know
There’s plenty of people in my workplace that are good at taking
tests. They study hard, they show up on time and they do the right
things at the right time, every single time. What happens when
something is changed, a crisis happens or life just throw you a
curveball? They freeze. They clam up. They offer up nothing but
nonsense. These people suck. These people waste everyone’s time.
Students (later, employees) don’t need rote memorization anymore. We
don’t need to know all the answers beforehand. The world now has
knowledge everywhere. Students need to learn how to solve problems,
how to figure things out and how to improve.
Notice how many of the most successful people are the ones who left
school early? Who achieved great success in areas unrelated to rote
I’ll leave you with one last question: do YOU think students are
better off now than they were even 10, 20 years ago? I do not.
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On Thursday October 23rd at 7 P.M. the Future Educators of America society at the University of Miami hosted a seminarcalled “Conversations about Service Learning.” It was advertised as “an event that will change the way you look at the power of education,” and it truly was!
Service learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines the academic classroom with the outside world. It integrates meaningful community service with classroom instruction and academics to enrich the students learning experience. It is a widely accepted fact that one learns more by doing then by lecture, which is why getting the students out of the classroom and into the local community is imperative.
How True! Without teachers, there would be no other professions, yet we are one of the least respected and most underpaid professions in the country. We are often told, wow what you do is so incredible, yet those compliments are said without any true thought or meaning. The woman who wrote this article, Heather Robinson, writes about her family asks her when she is going to get a “real job,” and why she hasn’t tried to move up to administration. They don’t understand that teaching is her passion and that she isn’t doing it for the money or recognition because clearly those two things are not why people go into teaching.