I started a new job and am in training for the next several weeks. First off, I've never had a job with such formal training where we have a dedicated computer lab with 30 other students that we work in for 8 hours a day.
The instructor said it looks bad when people are on their cellphones in the office and to make good habits now not use them. He even recommended leaving them in our bags. I understand cellphones are often used for playing games but I use mine extensively for work reasons. For example I made a note that we were getting our pictures (for security badges) taken the next day.
Is there something I should say to the instructor or something I can ask about using my smartphone in class? For example:
"Is it okay if I take notes on my phone or do you prefer never to see them?" or "I know people usually play games on their phone but I've got my calendar on mine and may make a few notes on it during class"
Additionally, because of the way the class is run their is often times where I can't do anything. The teacher tends to stop the whole class if one person is having technical problems; once the teacher even stopped the whole class because someone was in the bathroom and he wanted to make sure they heard what he was about to say. During these down times I would appreciate the chance to check my personal email on my phone, as I also have/had another job. Is this okay? This concern comes second to knowing if it's ok to use the phone for productivity/work related reasons.
Someone in class asked if they could use their cellphone on the job if they needed an app that could help with the job they are doing, and the instructor said yes.
The question is, should I ask a clarifying question to the instructor, and if so what? Out of curiosity why do companies care so much? The implicit assumption is that a person isn't using every second directly for work. What difference does it make if someone chooses to take a break on their cellphone vs socializing about non-work related things etc?