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.
This video was created for a Phi Theta Kappa project at Shelton State Community College. The topic is cell phone use in the classroom
A number of high school students in Franklin County are in some hot water over what they apparently did on their cell phones.The victim said a friend sent him naked pictures of a classmate and he then forwarded that text.
Mike and Jennifer Wallerstein talk about cell phones in schools.
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:
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.