Teacher Encourages Students to Put Down Phones

Perlynn Calep, reporter

“Ding ding.” “Ring.” This is what you would probably see or hear daily in class – students on their phone texting someone, listening to music, etc.

Dwayne Sakaguchi teaches World History and did a project called “Your Inquiry Design Model: Approach of Social Sciences.” His students made a poster of one rule on how using technology impacts their behavior in class and what teachers should do to prevent it. Students then had to deliver the posters to classes and put it on their wall so others can follow.

Sakaguchi said, “This poster is to create some sort of impact or change in behavior regarding kids using technology in school, and in class and having it affect their academic performance.”

He also argued technology can be useful. Like searching for something, or writing an essay online. But then being addicted to the screen can have a negative effect. Students would go on social media and not pay attention to their work.

“I think that the good aspect of technology is that people can use it to gather information or to read, practice languages, keep themselves busy,” Sakaguchi said. “But on the flip side when you’re looking at it for school purposes, I think the addiction to having a phone in their hand or using it, doesn’t allow them to retain information.”

The freshmen students who worked on the project think phones can have a bad side.

“In any way it’ll be helpful with research on work if you need help, but the thing is you don’t need your phone. You mostly need the thinking in your mind than on your phone because you won’t be able to think with your phone all the time,” freshman Keith Alvarado said.


Another freshman, Lapake Iriarte, agrees, “I think it’ll be pretty helpful because sometimes some teachers are trying to teach a class and then some kids are just on their phone doing things they’re not supposed to.”

But what should teachers do about the use of phones in class? Both Alvarado and Iriarte think the teachers should be aware and check on what their students are doing.

“I think one thing teachers can learn to do is how to incorporate using their phone in class, like using it to take surveys and interact with games with the kids, I think that would be a good way for teachers to use technology,” Sakaguchi said.

Technology is growing and everybody uses it everywhere- schools, work, home.

It’s becoming essential but looking at the screen too much won’t help you think or focus often.

“I don’t think a lot of kids know how to think because they are used to looking things up on their phone,” Sakaguchi said.

World History teacher Dwayne Sakaguchi assigned his students a project. (By Perlynn Calep)