High-Tech Problems in the Classroom

High-Tech Problems in the Classroom

Author: Mario Green

The objective of this learning packet, is to expose common problems with cell phone usage in a classroom setting.


As the latest technology makes its way into the classroom, teachers and students alike are often confronted with unwanted problems and social issues that arise with the useof such tools. Below are the most pressing problems that technology presents, warning signs for teachers, and ways for them to deal with the issues. Two of the most obvious problems in today's society is high- tech cell phones and sexting.


Teachers regularly cite cell phones as one of the most menacing distractions in the classroom. According to the CTIA-The Wireless Association, teen cell phone use has risen 35% since 2005; today, 79% of teenagers use a cell phone. Two of the most common problem when using cell phones in the classroom are texting and cheating.


What is it? Sexting, a contraction of "sex" and "text messaging," is the transmission of sexually provocative pictures via cell phone. Most cell phones are capable of sending video, pictures, and connecting to the Internet. An increasing number of hormonally charged teens send suggestive pictures of themselves to others. According to Cox, nearly 20% of teens have sent, forwarded, or received sexts,.


What is it? While cheating is not as new as the problems discussed above, students today use technology to cheat more effectively than they have in the past. Cheating no longer consists of passing notes or whispering answers; instead, it is nearly silent and invisible due to the technology at students' disposal. Cell phones are the most obvious tool for cheating, but calculators, PDAs, iPods, and food wrappers are also used by cheaters.

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They can do it faster and more easily than ever before. But what’s most worrisome: Today’s students may not think cheating is wrong.

Let’s start with the facts.

According to a recent survey by Common Sense Media, 35% of teens use their cell phones to cheat.

And if you’re wondering how they do it:

  • 26% store info on their phone and look at it while taking a test
  • 25% send text messages to friends, asking for answers
  • 17% take pictures of a test – and then send it to their friends
  • 20% use their phones to search for answers on the Internet
  • 48% warn friends about a pop quiz with a phone call or text message

If cheating’s gone high-tech, so have morals: 25% of teens consider the above actions “helping” not cheating.

When it comes to the Internet, 52% say they’ve engaged in some type of cheating.