Paige Daly, Staff Writer – Whether phones should be used during class has always been a hotly debated topic for students and teachers alike. At Lecanto High School [LHS], freshmen through juniors are required to use school iPads for their classes, but seniors do not have school-issued iPads. They must use their smart phones for any activities that require independent online access.
Phones are widely regarded in society as a major distraction for both users and people around them. It may be hard for students to stay focused when there are so many notifications and apps leading them to be off-task.
“I think students should not be allowed to use their phones during class time. It completely takes them away from whatever is going on,” senior Joseph Deppolder said.
On the other hand, many students feel that if they have enough self-control to get their work done with all the normal classroom hindrances, phones will not be an issue.
“I only use my phone if I have free time during class,” said freshman Shelby-lynn Pitre, “I don’t pay attention to other students using their phones; it doesn’t really distract me, either.”
“If I have work to get done then I’ll get it done. My phone doesn’t affect me in anyway and I don’t use it when I should be paying attention,” said freshman Abigail Poston.
Teachers are often more strict with their phone policies when it comes to non-seniors, since they should be doing their work on their iPads. Sarah Mullen, math teacher, uses extra credit to encourage students to put away their phones.
“I allow my underclassmen to get an extra point every day if they put their phones in the extra credit bin. If they choose not to and they get caught on their phones, they put their phones in the phone jail,” Mullen said.
Using technology in class is, in fact, quite helpful for some students.
“I find that they’re willing to participate and more interested in doing the assignment if it’s on their phone.” Mullen said.
Phone use in the classroom remain a controversial topic.