Personal Electronic Devices Discouraged For Younger Students

It seems personal electronics are used by younger people every day. Sheridan Media News Director Kurt Layher found out they can be very distracting for elementary students.

Cell phones, personal data assistants, and personal music players have been in the hands of teen-agers for quite some time. More and more these items are showing up in elementary schools. With the influx of technology education in primary schools, teaching staff must walk a fine line between parents’ concerns and educational disruptions.

By this time, it’s happened to most teachers… The ring of a cell phone or music from an iPod occurs in the middle of a class lecture. Not only is it distracting for the student with the device, but it also generally garners the attention of the rest of the class. District 2 Elementary Education Director Scott Stults talked about policies regarding the devices.

Many parents are sending the phones with students nowadays. But what about the other items?

Most elementary schools don’t have secure areas for personal items and so students who do bring those items do so at their own peril.

Schools rely on the students for voluntary compliance with the cell phone policy and one could call it the educational “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. This is basically the same approach used by secondary educators and we’ll discuss that as well as other concerns for older students tomorrow.

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