My school site is a BYOD and we allow students to use their phones/technology outside of class. It has been challenging year due to the fact that majority of students are misusing devices and implementation is new. Teachers are regularly battling students with their phones even when there is a system in place (takes valuable instructional time). Students go on games between assignments, social media or message their peers. A lot of times I believe that as a school we are not consistent and every teacher has their own policy. I also feel that our administration is not up to date with how to handle situations when technology is being misused; the consequence does not fit the crime. Educators of discipline say that behavior is taught. So shouldn't we enforce best practices? Or maybe BEST is not up to date for 21st century learning? At times I feel that I am competing against video games and social media to get my students to be engaged. My units need to be challenging, but accessible and engaging to prevent students from steering off to social media and games. Also preparation and organization is crucial to have success, and I hope with the strategies that I am learning in the program I can create 21st century units that will keep my students engaged.
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