A true interaction that I had with a student Friday:
Me: So, how are you liking your new classes this semester?
Student: They’re alright, I guess.
Me: Just alright? Why not great?
Student: 3 of my 4 classes are in locations in the building where my phone does not get a signal. So those classes are just alright.
Me: What about the other class–and I don’t need to remind you of the cell phone policy here at school, do I?
Student: My other class is PE, and well, I don’t have pockets in the school issued PE uniform, so having a signal on my phone isn’t, um, useful. And you know everybody does it. Geesh.
Oh that we could channel these phones properly. Kids are very savvy in their in class use. You know, if classes are so interesting that our kids want to be on their phones instead of participating in class, what does that say about the presentation of content. Hmmmm.