Today, I had a serious discussion with the principal at my elementary school about allowing personal mobile devices in the classroom. Currently, if a student is caught with a phone or iPod, it is taken to the office, where it stays for the day. Our discussion began when we met with a student who is having difficulty with organization, remembering instructions, writing….I asked, “Do you have an iPod?” He said, “yes” and proceeded to explain how he uses the calendar app, how he records important events and how he uses the “Dragon” app (voice to text) at home.
Why wouldn’t we allow this student to use his mobile device at school? How do we get administrators, teachers, parents or the general public to recognize the benefits of this technology? What is your current practice? What is your district/board policy?