Dear Mrs Carty, how many times do you use your phone throughout the day?
With the current school policy and its history of phones, I understand and acknowledge that they are only there in order for us to keep them safe.
Contrary to what the school policy currently is, I believe that here at Loreto College Coorparoo, we should allow mobile phones to be used during school hours.
Whilst it is largely known that children now are absorbed in their phones, surely you would agree that phones, despite being used for entertainment, can also be a valuable educational tool.
I don’t want to sound like an advertisement for mobile phones, but mobile phones can also be used as:
- A calculator.
- A recording device.
- A camera which can also record videos.
- A stop watch.
- To set homework reminders.
- Can be used for emergencies.
In today’s world, scientists are continuously trying to upgrade and improve our technology, providing us with the advantage to research and download apps that would aid us in our learning.
Phone apps offer help on difficult-to-grasp subjects (like astronomy, science, or anatomy) and assisting apps such as Dictionary.com, StudyBlue (helps you to study for upcoming exams) and ReadingTrainer which provides additional support to those students who are visual learners and/or students who have dyslexia.
Phones can be useful for emergencies, a quick call to your parents to let them know you’re running late and not to worry or that you’ve missed your bus and needed to be picked up.
Phones can also be used for their calculator function for maths, record speeches in English or History, taking photos of plants for biology, time an experiment, create short films for I.T or English and set homework reminders.
If you were to agree to allow mobile phones to be used in class, rules would have to be agreed upon, perhaps with the signing of a contract providing strict guidelines for use within the class room/ school grounds.
Phones and tablets should be used responsibly and for educational purposes only, if an exam was about to commence, teachers could prevent cheating by making students put their phones on “airplane mode” or instruct students to put them in a box and can retrieve them when the test is over.
Overall it would make my day if you agree to allow phones inside school because they can be used for many positive reasons and not just for social media.
Ruby Van Hamersveld