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Cellphones On Lockdown

Luckily when I was in high school, the only cell phone people had was the ghetto pay-as-you-go, $4/min, emergency only, parent monitored, zero reception mobiles. The times have clearly changed. Nowadays, you see kindergartens walking around with the hottest RAZR and even bluetooth headsets. In high schools across South Africa, compact steel safes have been installed to lock up students cell phones, iPods and other distracting gadgets during class hours. Teachers are hoping that this new lock-up system will help students stay focused on their textbooks and away from their myspace pages. Do you think this is the solution? Should technology be banned from the classroom or utilized for its handy capabilities?


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Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
I would have never brought some valuable gadget to school, especially something enviable like an ipod. It's too much of a big risk of it getting stolen. Also, its to the teacher's disgression as to how technology should be used in their classroom. If they wanted kids to look something up online, they would bring them to the computer lab, not let them pull out their Blackberry and do research that way. All these electronics are really just big distractions. ~M~
xxbrittney xxbrittney 10 years
and having school-provided special lock-ups like that is great because last year in high school, a HUGE problem was other students getting their like ipods and digital cameras and such stolen out of their lockers
xxbrittney xxbrittney 10 years
i think this is a great idea. i'm a freshman in college and seriously, since high school, once class starts to get even the slightest bit boring or if you're not doing any work in class, the text messaging starts. i texted all day long in class and now get frustarted when i dont have service in some of my classes on campus but i do notice that the classes without service, i pay better attention and take more notes than my classes with service cause then i'm texting or on AIM or surfin around online
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I think this is a great idea, but students will still hide that stuff in their bookbags rather than lock it up. If they were inclined to lock up their gadgets during class, they would just leave them in their lockers.
Tadiera Tadiera 10 years
Personally, I think it's a good idea. The usefulness of a cellphone in a classroom is pretty much its calculator capabilities. One can easily get THAT. But if you allow kids with iPods or cellphones in the classroom? C'mon. You remember being a kid. It spells distraction and in the case of cellphones- possible cheating (text messaging, internet, etc). I got along fine without cellphones in school. As did decades and decades of people.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Interesting. I think it might actually help. Keeps it out of the classroom but kids can pick it up after school for the commute home.
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