DE­VICE

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Cruz, 14. “Some peo­ple don’t like do­ing pa­per­work, but they like us­ing an app.”

Spencer said that as she walks the room, she looks to see if stu­dents are mis­us­ing de­vices. If they are, the de­vice is con­fis­cated — for a day on the first in­frac­tion — and she has not had to con­fis­cate a stu­dent’s de­vice twice.

“It’s rarely an is­sue, es­pe­cially if they know they’re go­ing to be graded. It was more of an is­sue when BYOD started, but they’re pretty well-trained now,” Spencer said. “I’ve con­fis­cated two phones this year, and it hasn’t gone be­yond that, be­cause they know I’m watch­ing them.”

Spencer said the use of de­vices has re­duced dis­ci­pline is­sues in her class­room, stat- ing, “Gen­er­ally when I use the tech­nol­ogy, I have way fewer dis­ci­plinary prob­lems.”

Spencer said the use of tech­nol­ogy in the class­room meets stu­dents where they are.

“It’s hard to be a teacher in this day and age and stand up and give a tra­di­tional lec­ture, be­cause they’ll tune you out,” she noted.

Ben­jamin Stod­dert Mid­dle School stu­dent Isa­iah Thomp­son uses his cell phone to solve a prob­lem on sci­en­tific no­ta­tion.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Ben­jamin Stod­dert Mid­dle School math teacher Deb­o­rah Spencer as­sists Isaac Hyson as he uses a tablet in a class ex­er­cise.

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