Phones in schools?

Students could soon find use for cell phones in the classroom.
Krystle Wagner
Sep 30, 2012

Local schools are finding ways to incorporate technology such as cell phones and iPads as education classroom tools.

“We have to be flexible enough to take advantage of the latest technology and teach in such a way that makes sense to our students,” Grand Haven Area Public Schools’ Assistant Superintendent for Human Services Scott Grimes said. “Using cell phones in the classroom is one such way.”

Grimes said some Grand Haven High School teachers have allowed students to use their phones for particular lessons, noting that smart phones are like mini-computers with access to the Internet.

Spring Lake Intermediate School Principal Ben Lewakowski said they embrace technology and enhance instruction.

Lewakowski said there are some instances where students are allowed to bring in their own devices, and they leave it up to the discretion of teachers. He said this has worked out well.

Lewakowski said students can use smart phones in classrooms as long as they are on “airplane” mode so calls and messages don’t come through.

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