Friday, July 25, 2014 - 4:22:18 AM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

New Technology Makes for Changing Cell Phone Policies

Three years ago, the Union-Endicott Student Code of Conduct read:

"No cell phones. period, the end," said U-E Superintendent of Schools Dr. Suzanne McLeod.

Advances in technology caused the superintendent to put together a committee to change that:

"It became a hindrance for certain classroom activities where I observed a class where the teacher actually had the high school students checking on their cell phones updated election information," said McLeod.

She says allowing high school students to use their phones before,after and during passing time has curbed misuse and gives parents some piece of mind.

"Not even just safety, but also the chance of being able to touch base with your child.  What time should I pick you up from soccer practice," said Mcloud.

Maine-Endwell High School Principal Thomas Burkhardt says their policy was established in 2001 but is always being reviewed.

"It's quite challenging to keep up with the technology.  A lot of the challenge is we're on the back of that wave.  The students and the younger children, they're more tech savvy than the adults are." said Burkhardt.

Burkhardt says their policy prohibits cell phone use during the day. Students are allowed to use them in certain areas of the campus with faculty permission.

Now that smart phones can be used for educational purposes, it's a policy he finds isn't enforced consistently.

"We are in a gray area now with the smart phones that have come out and they need and want the use of cell phones for positive and educational experiences."

In fact, McLeod and Burkhardt say they wouldn't be surprised to see more cell phones used in the classroom.

"We're looking at different mediums that we can use to provide that information to students," said Burkhardt.

"Keeping track of weather alerts and various forms and I'm a dinosaur here, but I think there's even research that can be done using twitter," said McLeod.

**Ali Warner Fox 40 HD News**


View Related Articles: Broome County, Endwell, Maine or comment on this one below.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Back Back

Binghamton web design and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet

Breaking News

Aaron Powell Guilty of Killing Estranged Wife and Her Friend VIEW VIDEO
A Broome County jury has found Aaron Powell guilty in the killing of his wife Christina Powell and her friend Mario Masciarelli in her home in the Town of Binghamton in March of 2013. The jury needed less than two hours to find Aaron Powell guilty. Powell beat Masciarelli to death with a baseball bat in the master bedroom of Christina Powell's Lisi Lane home in the Town of Binghamton. Powell also strangled Christina Powell in the basement of the home. He fled the scene leading to a... more

Additional Articles

Governor Cuomo Issues Wage Board VIEW VIDEO
Workers in the food service industry might see a significant pay raise in the future. Governor Cuomo is directing State Labor Commissioner, Peter Rivera to convene a wage board. The board will... more

Assemblywoman Lupardo Announces Candidacy for Sixth Term VIEW VIDEO
Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo announced her candidacy for a sixth term at the 123rd Assembly District's Representative this evening. Lupardo was first elected to the New York State Assembly in... more

Tri-Cities Opera Welcomes a New Director VIEW VIDEO
The Binghamton Tri-Cities Opera welcomes a new director!    Susan Ashbaker was  assigned to the position during a press conference this morning. She brings plenty of experience including working... more

Two Chenango Residents Arrested in their Home VIEW VIDEO
Two Chenango County residents are facing criminal charges after a deputy search at their home.   The Chenango County Sheriff's Office conducted a search at Neff Hill Road in the town of... more

Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Hosts Social Media Seminar for Business Owners VIEW VIDEO
Social media can open new doors to businesses but what to do when they become trap doors?   In Johnson City today, social media and marketing representatives from SUNY Broome, Binghamton... more

Lourdes Hospital M.A.S.H. Camp VIEW VIDEO
Children planning on entering the medical field got a chance to scrub up and get some hands on experience.   A group of 8th and 9th grade students from Broome and Tioga counties spent the day... more

Binghamton University Awarded Grant to Preserve History VIEW VIDEO
The Southern Tier hosted some pivotal battles in the Revolutionary War, and now Binghamton University will help preserve some of that history. The American Battlefield Protection Program awarded a... more

Click here for more local news...icon



 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...