Whether you think it is a good idea or a bad idea students are going to have cell phones in class for as long as cell phones exist. To be honest every time I go to class I put my cell phones sound settings on silent and I don’t use my cellphone unless instructed by the professor to do so. I think having a smart phone in class is a good idea for those occasions where the professor tells the class to “Google” something. Also, smart phones are an important device for emergency use so I personally cannot see any type of rule to abolish use of smart phones in class. But there are the occasions where students have their ringers on and interrupt class in the middle of a lecture with a very loud ringing of their smart phone. I have seen a teacher get really mad at a student for his phone ringing in class when it was even past the end of class time.
All in all I think that having a smart phone in class is a good idea. At the end of class you can get contacts of classmates and make new friends, use the smart phone to “Google” something if the teacher permits it, and most importantly in the case of an emergency you have your smart phone. All that I can really come up with are positive reasons to having a smart phone in class compared to the very minor negative effects of smart phones in class which are usually only committed by people who aren’t serious about being a student in the first place.
Everyone has a smart phone these days and they are a very usefull source of information. Students need information more than anyone these days to stay on top of their game. Whether it be reviewing classwork over the net to getting a new contact, to even emergency use, smart phones are going to be a part of our everyday lives for a very long time. Thank you for reading 🙂