JCPS board approves 3 schools for Smartphone use

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by Alex Schuman

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 12:48 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 14 at 1:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Three more schools will be added to the list of Jefferson County Public Schools, which allow teachers to use cell phones and other electronic devices as educational tools.

Doss, Moore Traditional, and Pleasure Ridge Park High Schools all received their waiver at Monday night’s board meeting.

“I’m hesitant to vote against this, but I’m certainly not pleased with the way we’re rolling it out,” board member Chris Brady, District 7 said.

Brady, along with several other board members, wants data on whether allowing this technology in the school is making a positive difference.

“We have to do an accurate analysis,” Brady said.  “We’re not doing that.”

No one could offer data immediately at the meeting, but Superintendent Hargens did mention the policy is not causing an increasing in disturbances at the school   Hargens also emphasized how the administration does not decide which schools will follow the policy.

“It’s actually the teachers and the staff saying, ‘We want to try it,.’” Superintendent Donna Hargens said.

Teachers treat the devices the same as if students are using computers in class. They will be regulated and teachers will patrol the aisle assuring students are staying on task. 

Moore Traditional High School Principal Vicki Lete also wants parents to understand if a child does not have access to a device, the school will offer another way for the student to do research.

“The kids aren’t going to be just surfing the internet,” Vicki Lete, Moore Traditional High School principal said.

11 total schools now let teachers use telecommunication devices as teaching tools.

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