Round Rock ISD school bans cell phones in class


2-ROBERT: MANY OF US HAVE A HARD TIME PUTTING OUR PHONES DOWN – AND TEENAGERS ARE AMONG THE WORST OFFENDERS.THAT HABIT OFTEN HAS A NEGATIVE IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM.2-SYDNEY:KXAN EDUCATION REPORTER TOM MILLER VISITED ONE ROUND ROCK CAMPUS WHERE THERE’S A NEW FIGHT TO COUNTER THE DISTRACTION – AND IT’S WORKING. NAT – MAKE SURE ALL YOUR PHONES ARE IN THE CELL PHONE SLOT.BEFORE STUDENTS EVER TAKE A SEAT IN MRS. CHANG’S CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION CLASS, THEY’RE REQUIRED TO PHYSICALLY PART WAYS WITH THEIR PRIZED POSESSIONS – THEIR PHONES. VICTORIA BRENER – STUDENTDO YOU EVERY FIND YOURSELF, (JUST LIKE) STARING AT THE CUBBIES (LIKE) LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE? HEHE YEAH!.SENIOR VICTORIA BRENER IS AMONG THE MORE THAN 300 STUDENTS AT ROUND ROCK’S SUCCESS HIGH GETTING USED TO THE SEPERATION – NEW THIS SCHOOL YEAR. VICTORIA BRENER – STUDENTLAST YEAR IF IT WAS IN MY POCKET I WOULD PULL IT OUT AND CHECK IT AND I DIDN’T GET AS MUCH WORK DONE.SCHOOL LEADERS HAVE BEEN MULLING THE IDEA FOR YEARS.JERROD GERTSEMA – SUCCESS HIGH ASSISTANT PRINCIPALWE STARTED TO SEE MORE OF A DISTRACTION VERSUS THE BENEFIT.THIS SUMMER, ASSISTANT PRINCPIAL JERROD GERTSEMA PULLED THE TRIGGER ON A PILOT STUDY.JERROD GERTSEMA – ASSISTANT PRINCIPALWE SAW A GREAT INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF COURSES THAT WERE COMPLETED IN SUMMER LEARNING. IN-CLASS PRODUCTIVITY SPIKED 50 PERCENT – ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO MAKE THE PILOT FULL TIME POLICY CAMPUS-WIDE. IT’S ALSO LEADING TO DEEPER CONVERSATIONS. CATHERINE CHANG – CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATIONTHERE’S COMMUNICATION, KIDS ARE TALKING, THEY’RE NOT JUST ON THEIR CELL PHONE.BRENER’S NOTICING HERSELF FINISHING LESSONS TWO TO THREE TIMES FASTER THAN BEFORE.VICTORIA BRENER – STUDENTI’M DEFINETLY GETTING A LOT MORE DONE.A NEW POLICY FORCING STUDENTS TO DISCONNECT FROM THE OUTSIDE – AND FOCUS IN ON LEARNING. NAT – RINGIN ROUND ROCK, TOM MILLER, KXAN NEWS.SYDNEY: SUCCESS HIGH HAS LOTS OF OTHER TECHNOLOGY – INCLUDING LAPTOPS FOR EVERY STUDENT. NOT ALL DISTRICT CAMPUSES HAVE THAT LUXURY. FOR THAT REASON ROUND ROCK I-S-D IS NOT CONSIDERING ADOPTING THE NO CELL PHONE

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