Trends in Secondary Education Article Review
The selected article by Selwyn & Aagaard (2021) articulates a critical issue within the education sector. It emphasizes the effects of the current shift to technology use in school, where learners have been using cell phones in the classroom, with the claim that the use of cell phones by learners helps advance their technological knowledge and enhances digital health literacy. Nonetheless, Selwyn & Aagaard (2021) argue that banning digital devices in schools, especially cell phones, improves the understanding of many seemingly problematic concerns regarding using digital technologies within schools, such as digital distraction, technology addiction, and cyberbullying, among other issues. Thus, the article aims to inform governments, educators, and parents that mobile phones should be banned from classrooms because there are several areas of concern, like technology addiction and digital destruction, which negatively affect learners’ understanding, learning, and educational outcomes.
This article was published in 2021 and speaks about the contemporary issue of technology, the “use of cell phones in classrooms.” Some of its concerns and effects on learners are being identified now. Therefore, the article is timely. The article is also less than five years old from the date or time of publication. Indeed, the article’s viewpoint is compelling, and the evidence is valid. The article not only defends the banning of cell phones but also gives arguments from both sides. First, it highlights the advantages of using cell phones in the classroom, such as digital health literacy and improving computer skills. It then further uses statistical data and arguments that eight out of the ten learners who use cell phones in the classroom will often be distracted and never concentrate on learning (Selwyn & Aagaard, 2021). However, learners who do not use cell phones in class are likely to fully concentrate or, at times, get distracted by a neighbor using a cell phone. Eventually, this will distract the entire class.
Accordingly, Selwyn & Aagaard (2021) insist that it is only wise to ban cell phone use in classrooms because of problematic issues such as technology addiction and distraction. The authors also stress the problems of cyberbullying, which has increasingly led to numerous teenage deaths and suicidal ideation due to the use of cell phones. This shows that this article’s viewpoint is convincing and valid.
The information about banning cell phone use in classrooms can influence change in education because it highlights five significant effects of cell phone use in classrooms for learners. It also offers realistic and workable recommendations on how to control the use of technology in school by only educators for educational purposes and discourages cell phone use in schools for learners. These will then help the education field develop measures that abolish the use of cell phones in schools. The issues discussed in this article are similar to problems that happened in secondary instruction in the past. Notably, issues such as distraction and bullying have existed previously in secondary schools. However, technological inventions like the advent of cell phones have advanced bullying from physical bullying to cyberbullying, although bullying still exists in current secondary schools.
Moreover, this article relates to today’s and future classrooms because current and future education is technology-oriented. Currently, education has shifted from traditional face-to-face to online or distance learning, meaning every learner has to access a cell phone or computer to learn. Therefore, this article argues that cell phone use in classrooms should be banned in today’s and future classrooms where learning is technology-based.
Lastly, the article relates to the course because it underscores significant educational concerns that educators are likely to experience, especially the student-teachers taking the education course. This will help educators understand and help give recommendations on the reforms that can be made to stop cell phone use in the classroom because they are destructive and would interfere with learning outcomes. It also relates to my classroom practice because it gives me one of the causes of distraction among learners. Therefore, I will be able to improve my classroom practice by advising learners not to use their phones in class or finding a better strategy to keep them until the class ends.
Selwyn, N., & Aagaard, J. (2021). Banning mobile phones from classrooms—An opportunity to advance understandings of technology addiction, distraction, and cyberbullying. British journal of educational technology, 52(1), 8-19. https://bera-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/bjet.12943.
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Locate a scholarly article that discusses current trends, challenges, or issues in secondary education. The following are some examples:
The concept of cultural competence for educators
The controversy surrounding values and character education instruction
The different viewpoints surrounding online learning, blended learning, or flipped classrooms
The different viewpoints surrounding charter schools
The development, adoption, and implementation of the Common Core State Standards
The goals and criticisms of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
The goals and criticisms of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The multiple intelligences theory
The implications of standardized testing
Students and social media use
Phones in the classroom
Write a 500-word review of the article in which you summarize, evaluate, and present analytical comments on the main ideas or findings.
Address the following questions in your review:
What is the main goal of the article?
Is the article timely?
Is the article’s viewpoint convincing? Is the evidence valid?
How does the information from the article influence change in the field of education?
How are the trends and issues discussed in the article similar or different from trends and issues that occurred in secondary instruction in the past?
How does the article relate to today’s classrooms or future classrooms?
How does the article relate to this course and to your classroom practice?