As more and more students are equipped with mobile devices, the challenge for schools is to catch up with the new digital norms of the students. And parents need to be clear about setting expectations for their children regarding the use of devices in the classroom. When is it okay to use their mobile device and for what purpose?
It helps to first understand what to expect at school, and incorporate discipline at home that encourages your child to be self-regulated about use.
The education system is incorporating web-enabled strategies and apps to enhance the learning experiences, as well as maintain a secure environment for the campus community. John Fleishman is the Assistant Superintendent for the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE), focused on technology strategies. “Kids are bringing smartphones to school, but many schools don’t allow them to be turned on during class time,” he said. “Some forward looking districts are moving forward with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs whereby students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops are used as an instructional tool in the classroom.”
Fleishman offered the following trends (via Speak Up as his source):
- With smartphone usage dramatically on the rise—65% of students in grades 6-8 and 80% of students in grades 9-12 are smartphone users—a main concern among today’s digital learners is how to leverage the unique features of different devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets to digital readers, and use them for certain academic tasks.
- Despite this increase of mobile devices in the hands of students, schools are still reluctant to allow them in the classroom.
Tips for setting expectations about use of devices in the classroom
- Start with your own house rules. Establish clear boundaries for use of devices in your own home. The more practice your child has at home learning how to put away the device and stick to a schedule, the easier it will be to do in the classroom. To learn more about creating a family culture that educates your child about self-discipline with devices, go to: Fresh Start.
- Check your school and district websites for policies about internet use. Every school district has policy guidelines for use of technology during school hours, and the use of personal devices is governed strictly.
- Get involved in your district’s technology planning committees. According to Fleishman, most of the school districts are acquiring Google Chrome technology, and the use of personal devices in the classroom is not yet the standard.
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