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