Classroom technology responsibility

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FOREST CITY, Iowa – Today, devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops are being used in the classroom more than ever. So how are teachers making sure students are actually using the technology for school work?

High school senior, Garrett Fjeld is pretty responsible when it comes to paying attention in class.

He said, “I get my work don’t then ill done something if there’s time.”

But he knows not all his classmates can say the same

“Even on the computers we have – they can be doing something acting like they’re writing a paper, but they could be looking at Twitter or something.”

And it’s easy to do now that many schools provide students with either a tablet or laptop.

Forest City School Technology Director, Mike Vanoort said, “That’s really made a big difference in how we teach. Students have an advantage with access to that technology, it’s not just about 4 walls anymore.”

Mike says Forest City doesn’t block sites such as Facebook and Twitter and even some games, because even social media can be used as a learning tool.

“Some of those tools can be very educational. We use Twitter to get out information to students in that way, so it doesn’t really pay to fight it.”

Instead teachers keep a close eye on their students activities. If the device is being misused, there are consequences.

Vanoort said, “Sometimes students lose privileges that way too.”

And even though Garrett admits it may be tempting to text or log onto Facebook during class, he chooses to focus on how the technology is helping him learn.

He said, “You can do so much and learn a lot with just the internet and the technology and all the applications that are coming out. It’s pretty cool.”

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