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Mobile Phones at School


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Mobile phones are now an important part of our daily lives. They have changed the way we talk to each other, get information, and do things. But their use in schools has always been controversial, and many schools have banned or limited the use of cell phones on their grounds.

There are some arguments for and against their use in schools. On the one hand, mobile phones can help students stay in touch with their classmates and teachers, get to educational resources, and finish their homework. On the other hand, they can also be a distraction that makes it harder to concentrate and do well in school.


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  • detrimental (adjective)
  • education (noun)
  • particularly (adverb)
  • teenager (noun)
  • beneficial (adjective)
  • effect (noun)

The Question

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Do you think mobile phones should be allowed in schools? Why or why not?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Mobile Phones at School
  • How do you think mobile phones can be used effectively in the classroom?
  • How do you think mobile phone use affects the learning environment in schools?
  • Do you think there should be different rules for the use of mobile phones in primary, secondary, and higher education? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where you or someone else was distracted by a mobile phone in class? How did it affect your learning?
  • How do you think mobile phones can be used to stay connected with peers and teachers outside of the classroom?
  • Do you think mobile phones should be allowed during breaks and lunchtime, or should they be banned at all times? Why?
  • How do you think mobile phones can be used to support emergency situations in schools?
  • How do you think the use of mobile phones in schools differs in your country compared to other countries?
  • How do you think mobile phones can be used to support homework and assignments?

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