THE HISTORY OF CELLPHONESCellphones were originally created in 1920 but the idea was developed in1947. The first original cellphone was the mobile car phone. Later in1973, the first mobile phone was created by Martin Cooper. By 1984, thefirst cellphone was large and became open to the public to purchase.During this time the cellphone became one of the most expensiveelectronics.Mobile carphoneThe very first cellphone Martin Cooper,inventor of thecellphone
FASTER INFORMATION RETRIEVAL• 88 percent of Americans owns a cellphone• As of April 2012, 55 percent of America’s population uses cellphones togo online while the remaining 45 percent uses laptops and computers• Of the 55 percent, 32 percent of them are either a high school or collegestudent• Thanks to the development of technology in the past two years, 4G isnow faster than Wifi• Vicki Davis , a high school English teacher, stated, “Having cellphonesin class makes information retrieval much faster. It’s easier for studentsto use their cellphones because it doesn’t take long for them to poweron and they don’t have pop ups’’ (Davis 1)
CELLPHONE OR A LAPTOP• Which do you prefer to use?• How do you retrieve you retrieve your information?Cellphones or Laptops? You choose.
RESPONSIBILITY• Allowing students to have cellphones to have teaches the childresponsibility.• Distinguishing between a want and a need is what a student will learnfrom this situation.• Which is a smarter decision, on the phone while in class or having yourphone in class but continuing to pay attention to your teacher?Well we know he’s in trouble
SCHOOL ISN’T SAFE ANYMORE• Once upon a time parents thought the only thing they had to worryabout when sending their children off to school was making sure theywere receiving a good education, they now have to worry about safetyof the child.• There have been a total of 17 school shootings in America. Some ofthem are….• Sandy Hook Massacre (December 14, 2012)• Columbine High School Massacre (April 20, 1999)• Virginia Tech Massacre (April 16, 2007)
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY• Cellphones could help save a life in case something bad were to happenat school.• Most people don’t know that during the Columbine shooting, a studentcalled 911 using a cellphone.• Sometimes even texting is used as a way of getting help.
LOCATION CAN BE A FACTOR• Students attending a rough school in a bad neighborhood in the Bronx,New York, are not allowed to have cellphones in school.• Francine Prose, an author who took the liberty of going to this school,said, “Their phones are not merely a way of getting in touch withfriends, but a necessity for their safety. A lot of them have long and latecommutes through dangerous neighborhoods and need to be able toreach their parents and to get help in case of emergencies” (Prose 1).• Angelic McGhee,46, parent of high school sophomore Robert McGhee,said, “Cellphones should be allowed in school because there are somany students now who have some kind of criminal record, and couldbe capable of doing anything while at school, causing some of thestudents who are more disciplined, to feel uncomfortable” (McGhee).• On the other hand, Nicole Summers, mother of Justin Summers, who bythe way sends her child to on of the best schools in Indianapolis, said,“Cellphones shouldn’t be allowed in school because it causes the childto loose focus” (Summers).• Nicole’s husband, Mathew Summers, said. “Students shouldn’t havecellphones in school because it draws their attention away from lessonbeing taught in the classroom” (Summers).
A GUNMAN ON BALL STATE CAMPUS• Recently on Ball State Campus, someone reported a gunman oncampus. Within a quickness, students and faculty were alerted by emailor via text.• I interviewed Steven Williams, freshman at Ball State, and he stated, “Ifit weren’t for that text message I don’t know what could have happenedto me if I would have left class while the gunman was still on campus”(Williams).• I also asked 10 random people on how they were notified by thegunman. Sixty percent of them said they were alerted by a text messagewhile the remaining forty percent of them received the alert by email. Ofthe 10 people, 6 of them were students, 4 of them were professors, andevery last one of them was in class when they were alerted.• See, even teachers use their cellphones while in the classroom.
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