[nobe-l] I would welcome your thoughts on cell phone procedures

Smith, Pauline L PSmith4 at dmc.org
Tue Jun 13 19:47:20 UTC 2017

Craig and Others,

It will make you feel better to know that this is an issue in programs that train blind/visually impaired adults as well.  We encounter numerous instances of students using their cell phones or other portable devices while in class.  There are clear rules in our Rights and Responsibilities handout about mobile device use.  Most follow the rules, but enough students don't.  This does cause class disruptions.

We tell students to treat their training as if they were at a job.  So even adults don't always follow the rules.

Pauline Smith, TVI
Braille Instructor

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Subject: [nobe-l] I would welcome your thoughts on cell phone procedures

I know that we have discussed the challenge of dealing with cell phones in classrooms, on previous threads.  My principal and I were having a conversation this week, regarding this topic.  I mentioned to her that I am considering a change in procedure, for next school year.
I continue to encounter students being on their cell phones, during instructional time in class.  Quite often, they are off task with their phones, texting, looking at videos, taking pictures, etc.
Obviously, they distract themselves and other students around them, with this behavior.  Quite often, I am not aware that several students have their phones out, despite the clear handbook prohibition against unauthorized cell phone use.
With this in mind, I proposed to my principal that I am considering having students place their phones in a secure location, at the front of the class, when they enter the classroom.  They would collect their phone, at the end of class.  I would likely nominate a student to be a monitor, to ensure that the correct number of phones were placed in the container, and that students were complying with the procedure.
Students who were caught with phones would leave class for the rest of the period.
What are your thoughts, regarding this procedure?  I teach juniors in high school, and I'd like to think they would follow the student handbook and my instructions that all phones are to be off and away, unless the teacher authorizes their use.  The reality is that once students know that they can take their phones out with a blind teacher, and that they will likely not get caught, several students will do this, disrupting their learning, as well as that of students around them, in many instances.
Thank you in advance.

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