School boards, Administrators and Teachers need to read this article. It’s simple, it’s clear and it makes sense.
Banning (personal technology) is not the answer. Administrators need policies for today’s students and teachers need to update outdated practices. We’re well into the 21st century and it’s time for schools to encourage educators to start using methods that will prepare students for their future rather than relying on the comfortable policies and methods of the past.
I am happy to say that at our school board, the shift to providing access and infrastructure is becoming the focus. Part of it, no doubt, was a quick electronic polling (opening routers to connections and counting) in a couple of our schools showed THOUSANDS of devices ready to connect.
The reality is there. We need to step back into a leadership position and stop asking students to “dumb down” technologically when they walk through the doors of their schools.