The following is an extract taken from the Newsela website to be used in a training session on using EdTech in the ELT classroom.
Teachers and educators are finding themselves saying the same things these days. They are constantly telling students to put their phones away or to stop texting.
Most teenagers today have never known a world without smartphones.
These days, more than nine out of 10 teens currently own or can use a smartphone. Also, more than four out of 10 are almost always online. That means teachers have to teach students who are distracted.
Most schools ban or regulate phone usage during school hours. Teachers often have to take away phones or write up students for using them. Now they are considering more drastic measures.
Magnetic Pouch System
This school year, more than 1,000 schools nationwide will be using Yondr. It is a magnetic pouch system that allows students to lock away their phones while in class.
Students lock their devices into their own personal pouches every morning when they come to school. Then they can keep the pouches with them. However, they cannot unlock them until the end of the school day. Students can tap them on unlocking magnet stations throughout the school.
This idea is not new. Musicians have been using Yondr to stop people from filming their concerts since 2014.
More schools have started using the green-and-gray pouches in recent years.
Yondr spokesperson Kelly Taylor said the number of people using the pouches has tripled this year.