Just a few years ago, when I was in high school, “no cell phones” was a teacher motto. While many schools are still like this, some are adopting this BYOT (bring your own technology) policy that could change the concept of school for generations to come.
I can see why schools are hoping to minimize distractions in the classroom, but I see real value in allowing students access to their beloved devices during the school day by incorporating them into classroom learning. I agree with the sentiment put forward by Volusia School officials, “they should take advantage of, rather than fight, students’ deep connections with their devices,” and would even take it a step further. Kids and parents are constantly getting conflicting messages in their lives: they need to be technologically literate, but shouldn’t have too much screen time; they should learn to create digital content like websites to prepare for successful careers, but they shouldn’t have their phones out at school. By allowing students to use technology, and specifically their own technology (which is notably cost-effective), schools are helping to present one, unified message—when used safely, appropriately, and innovatively, technology can be a fun, educational, and useful tool simultaneously.