A Teacher’s Guide to Cell Phones in the Classroom
No matter how long someone teaches or how experienced they are in the classroom, there is one problem educators will always have to deal with: technology. With the rapid advance of technology making gadgets cheaper, students now have more access to tablets, laptops, and cell phones than ever before. 15 years ago, only the occasional student had a cell phone. Now, almost every student has a cell phone, and possibly an iPad as well.
Cell phones can be a large distraction in the classroom; what are teachers supposed to do to prevent students from sneaking a peek during lessons?
Several creative teachers have come up with brilliant solutions to the cell phone problem. See below for the best ideas from experienced educators.
Get caught in the “crime” of using your phone during class? Your phone is going to phone prison! Your “prison” can be made from a bucket or jar, electric tape, and a little paint.
Hanging Shoe Holder
Several teachers have utilized hanging shoe or toy holders to corral phones. Number each slot in the hanging holder and assign students a number. Students with phones must place their silent phones into their number slot to be counted present. Students without a phone can place a calculator or other object in their slot for attendance.
This one is similar to phone prison, but a little more fun – just make sure you don’t add any actual water to the tank!
Similar to the hanging shoe holder, tell students they must “park” their silent phones in the hotel to be marked present.
Let Them Know
Hang this sign to let students know you’re aware of when they use their phones.
P.S. Be sure to find out your school’s cell phone policy. Schools typically have rules in place on what to do if a student is caught using a phone during class (keep the phone until the end of the day, have a parent pick up the phone, etc.). Make sure you know this policy BEFORE you have to enforce it, that way students, parents, and administrators will be on the same page.
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