Teaching M.A.

Number of Pages


Year Approved


First Advisor

Wickham, Molly

Second Reader

Lisa Silmser


The purpose of this literature review is to analyze the effects of smartphone usage in the classroom and how to mitigate the negative ramifications. The research shows that excessive smartphone usage comes at a detriment to other areas of a student's health, such as students’ well-being, mental health, and social-emotional learning. This informs two actions teachers can take to influence positive smartphone usage: setting a smartphone policy and prioritizing social-emotional development.The literature reinforced that there is less problematic smartphone usage when social-emotional learning is prioritized, and emotional intelligence is high. This awareness of self, others, and how one’s decisions regarding smartphone usage affects others, are competencies students need to thrive in a digital world.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis