We Surrender! Greeneville High School Greeneville, TN Dr. Linda Stroud, GHS Principal Beverly Miller, Greeneville City Schools CTO Larry Jones, GCS Network Admin Using Cellular Devices as Learning tools
What a difference a year can make . . . • 2007-2008 school year • Administrators seeking to block cellular transmissions • Cell phone discipline incidents out of hand • Teachers struggling with cell phone issues • Students – connected to world only before/after school 2008-2009 school year • Encouraged appropriate usage • Students more engaged • Fewer discipline problems • Connected to world before/during/after school • 1:1 finally a possibility
Dr. Linda Stroud – GHS Principal Cell phones and learning - an administrator’s perspective
The Problem • Cell phone usage by students had become a HUGE behavioral issue at GHS and was overwhelming the discipline policy.
The Solution • Use cell phones as learning tools! • Use them to our advantage to motivate students for learning and as a reward. • Set and enforce reasonable consequences that have the desired effect.
The Results • It works! Cell phones are no longer a behavior issue at GHS. • Approximately 900 students x 4 periods per day x 120 school days = 432,000 opportunities for cell phone policy violation! However, • To date at GHS for the 2008-2009 school year: • ONLY 148 cell phones have been taken from students by teachers for policy violation • 35 of those students elected to leave their cell phone in the school office for 7 days • 103 students elected to pay a $20 fine for the return of their cell phone • $2060 have been collected in fines!