Last term, Year 11 Peer Support Leaders conducted a social experiment focussed upon the use of mobile phones in class. Our quest was to discover whether their presence, on our desks or in our pockets, affected learning.
Students from Year 7 through to 12 were permitted to use their mobile phones in one English lesson to enable the collection of data. Nineteen classes participated, and all notifications received in a 40-minute period, for the 367 students involved, were recorded.
When the results were averaged, we were appalled to discover that each MacKillop student received eight notifications per minute and, based on our statistics, in a single English lesson, a student could receive 320 notifications from platforms such as Snapchat, Messenger, Facebook etc.
Our research into emerging studies regarding the unnecessary presence of active mobile phones in classrooms indicated that:
We also discovered that researchers were not on an ‘anti-tech’ campaign but had found that without an educational purpose, mobile phones in the classroom were detrimental distractions. Removing them facilitated better social interaction and learning, better and more work output and resulted in higher test scores.
After considering all the data and research, the Peer Support Leaders concluded that Mary MacKillop College has a mobile phone policy because:
In the words of Sir Richard Branson, “Don’t become a slave to technology – manage your phone. Don’t let it manage you.”
Aoibh & Mia
Peer Support Leaders