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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cellphone policies a 'work in progress' as schools try to balance learning and technology

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Cellphone polices are a 'work in progress' as schools try to balance learning and technology

 cell phone locker University City High junior Kenwyn Jones locks his cell phone at the beginning of AP language class on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The school is analyzing whether locking up student phones during class helps with engagement in discussion and comprehension. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com 

 

Aside from the discipline issue, cellphone rules have been in flux because parents want to be able to contact their children at all times. School officials don't want to be held liable for confiscated phones. And some classes have incorporated phone apps into their lessons, like making movies or tracking homework. 

 University City High students in their AP language class pick up their cell phones after teacher Christina Sneed unlocked them with the push of a remote button following class on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The school is analyzing whether locking up student phones during class helps with engagement in discussion groups and comprehension. Photo by Robert Cohen, rochen@post-dispatch.com.