ECISD Cell Phone Pilot Program 9/9/13
September 9, 2013
Odessa - Monday was the first day for ECISD to try out their new High School Cell Phone Pilot Program. Officials say this is an important step for the school district as they try to stay up with our technology driven youth.
Teachers say this policy is a positive move because many were spending more time telling students to put away their devices than teaching. They also add that cell phones and tablets are great for instructional purposes.
“There’s a lot of technology out there that people across the nation have been using for years and we’ve been kind of on the back burner because we haven’t allowed students to have access to their phones,” said Odessa High School Principal Gregory Nelson
Now students are free to roam the halls with cell phones in hand as long as they aren’t making phone calls, Skyping, or taking pictures. From a parents perspective Principal Nelson says it’s a great way to allow parents a chance to stay connected with their child throughout the day.
“Those five to six minutes might be the only time they get to catch up with their friends, make lunch plans or check in with their parents,” said Nelson.
“I like it better just because teachers won’t stop me in the hallway just for having my phone out,” said one OHS student.
For teachers, the added technology is a great add-on to their lesson plans, but also something that allows students to better focus and be more productive.
“Kids work really well whenever they listen to music they self select, so now they can do those things with teachers permission,” said Nelson.
These new rules are only for ECISD high school students, Principal Nelson says that even though they are being more lenient, they will issue a fine and take up the phone if caught making or receiving a phone call. The program will be evaluated at the end of the semester and school year to determine if the program shall continue for the 2014-2015 school year.