Cellphones can be an educational tool

Daira Prieto, Staff Writer

Using cellphones in class is like hiding a criminal who escaped from jail. Many people, when seeing students with phones in class, think they are playing games, watching YouTube or texting friends. However, most of the time students use their phones in class to help them with their classwork. In the classroom, the frying brain technology of phones is turned into a working tool device. Cell phones can be used in helpful ways by researching for projects or solving math problems. They can also solve a solution when the school computer does not work. Students can use their phones as backups to continue classwork. I also believe that cell phones can help students that are not fluent in the English language. Apps such as Google Translate can help them by translating language so they can understand the class content more easily. 

Using cell phones can be very useful for reading. Some students enjoy books that they can focus on when read by audio. They are not only educational for reading and researching information, but they are used for reaching out to individual classmates for questions they can have outside of school. Schools are working with a tool that students are already accustomed to using and working with. 

Schools have noticed that cellphones can be a big distraction in classrooms and for kids’ learning abilities because they can go on social media, talk to friends or cheat.  However, there is an argument on whether phones are considered a useful tool in school or not. For example, students may use phones to check if their work is correct. When I use my phone in class, it can be risky, but the internet helps answer questions when my teacher is busy. It also helps me communicate with other teachers when not at school.  

Many times, I’ve pulled my phone to help me when completing a class of mine. In my experience, using a phone helps me do an assignment faster and helps me finish an assignment when at lunch or brunch. Phones also can be educational and helpful for kids with a disability or those who can’t communicate very well. A cell phone can help them communicate with their family members or classmates to be able to talk to them and see what they think or what they are trying to say. These are examples of how a cell phone that’s seen as a distraction and a device of laziness is turned into a tool of education and communication. So, instead of teachers or parents judging phones, they should see the positive side of this technology.