I have never had a problem with devices in the classroom.
I use them routinely in lessons (finding literary elements in songs) and allow students to listen to them with certain stipulations.
A math teacher that worked at my school last year (and is one of my favorite people in the world!) came up with a great set of rules that I like to employ in my classroom.
- Devices are only allowed during individual work time.
- I must have expressly stated you may use them.
- No one should be able to hear ANY sound from your devices.
- You must have your music set to a playlist (meaning you cannot be scrolling through anything. It must be playing a playlist and on your desk not being touched)
- If I signal that it is time to pay attention and rejoin the group, they must be immediately put away.
- If any of these rules are broken, you will be placed on the "No devices list" for 6 weeks.
Since allowing their use in the classroom and having clear cut guidelines for them I honestly don't have any problems with kids sneaking them in class.
Going back to my fellow teachers' catch phrase of the year: Devices in the classroom? "That's the least of my problems!"
I wish we could focus on the real issues at hand and not devices!
Do any of you guys have classroom guidelines for devices use in the classroom? I would be interested to hear them!
If you would like a copy of my rules to post in your classroom click HERE