Students encouraged to power up in the classroom
Most middle and high schools have policies about electronic devices at school. They are either banned all together or limited to lunch time. You can find your school’s “Acceptable Use Policy” in your Student Handbook. Some schools, however, are experimenting with digital learning.
In Texas, several districts are experimenting with a Bring Your Own Technology approach to the cyber-world. Students are encouraged to bring their own personal communication devices to school. Since teenagers are digital natives from birth, it’s not natural to ask them to power-down when they’re at school.
Regular cell phone use is still restricted at most schools. But when teachers feel it’s appropriate, they may ask the students to power-up and participate in the discussion. Students have shown that the use of smart phones, laptops and tablet computers in the classroom engages more students, builds trust and allows shyer students to get involved.
Maggie Erricksen, age 15, said “If you have a thought, you don’t have to fear having a wrong answer.” Hanna Shin, also 15, commented that it feels natural to use technology you’ve gown up with. “It fits in with what we’re doing at home.”
Do you know your school’s policy about cell phone use or logging on to Facebook in class or elsewhere on campus? Have you considered the consequences of a teacher or your principal reading through your text messages? Is there anything on your phone that you wouldn’t want them to read? Maybe think about deleting questionable comments and photos.