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How do you handle cell phones in the classroom? Looking for suggestions!

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I used to have a cell phone caddy, kids had to check their phone in at the beginning of class. I gave random bonus points, and if no phone in caddy, I marked them absent. Students cooperated, especially after they realize I constantly walk around and would confiscate phones if they tried to use the "fake phone in the pouch" trick. This year, we have a district wide no phone policy, so we were told we can't use the phone caddies. Admin doesn't follow up with penalties if the students use the phones, so this year they've been a problem. A lot of times, if my principal sees a student with a phone, he blames the teacher, not the student. It's frustrating.

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I accepted their word, with the understanding that I catch them on a phone/smartwatch, it's an automatic confiscation and write up. My kids know that I trust them until they show me I can't trust them, so it really wasn't a problem. I have a reputation as a fair teacher with consistent procedures, so the (very!) few without a phone didn't test me.

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My school has a no phones out in classroom policy, but we use them in my biology class for anything from lab timers, to taking pics & time lapse video to document labs to playing games like Kahoot. Even though we are 1:1 Chromebook there are just some applications a phone can do better.

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My school takes security and discipline seriously, and our policy is up to us but they uphold it. So I have all students hand their phones to a bin at the start, and when they finish at their work they can have it back at the end. The security support helps because refusal means they’re automatically removed from my room until they comply.

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My school has a no cell phone in class policy. That being said, sometimes teachers do allow students to use them, like if playing Kahoot. We are not 1:1 technology, so phones are needed for this. My children's district also does not normally allow phones in the classroom. In the high school, classrooms have boxes in the front of the room for students to put them in if they have them on their person. If a phone is seen during class it is taken.

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Same here

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They can keep them face-down on their desk and I don't mind the occasional glance and put it back down. I've found this to be the best way to make them feel like they still have access to it. SIGH

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I have a shoe holder in my The students are required to put their phones in each class. The get 10 participation points plus opportunity to earn extra credit for participating in class. Adds up to about 100 points per month, about equivalent to a test grade

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Some of us tried that in our school. Admin told them: "if you do that, you are personally liable for the loss, theft, or damage of those phones." ugh

We have a no cell phone in school policy. It was really hard to get all teachers and staff on board. But now it’s much better.

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It's a hot mess at my school. Kids do whatever they want, and it really seems to fall on teachers, we get no backup from our climate or security (especially when security is on their phones all day). Out kids FaceTime and watch videos all day.

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It's the same here.

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Our school policy is not to have phones visable. I ask mine to unplug when they come into the room because I need them to be 100% with me.

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I don't fight this battle. Keep your phone. Listen to music while you're doing independent work. Just pay attention while I teach and do your work.

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Some teachers have built cubbies with power strips; they swear the problem is 1/4 of what it was. Most charge up during class.

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Our school doesn't do a thing about phones so I've given up the fight. I just tell them to put it away. If it becomes a problem then I call home.

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Neither phones nor apple watches are allowed at all. They stay in lockers. I use Remind to keep the abreast of things and some apps. Phones are not allowed period

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I have that one, except mine goes to 42 (with budget cuts I had 3 classes of 37 three years ago 😱). My desks are numbered so students know where to place their phones. I used to collect just for tests & exams, now I collect every day, every hour, and I check to make sure I have them. If the class is good, they get them back 2 minutes before the bell, if not, getting it is part of their passing time, and to be on time to class they need to be in their seat with their phone in my “phone garage”. Rarely I give 5 bonus points for it (? twice a quarter?), especially if the garage looks empty. I learned that it punishes them more to not get bonus than to have it be a regular assignment & get a 0. Sometimes we use the phones for lessons, & I did make them all bookmark my website on the first day 👍🏼😊 when they added into my Remind & joiuned my Quizlet.

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A cellphone charging station is a good incentive and keeps them off your outlets. $30 on Amazon, charges 25 devices at a time.

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No phones allowed unless I let them use it to give me an assessment. IE polleverywhere etc. I will allow them to plug them in...

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No cell phones allowed. Students don't follow the rules and it is a constant battle.

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I simply take them at the door. If they want to turn them over it’s a write up.

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I wish that would work. Write-ups don't amount to anything

I have a Cell Jail. If they can't trust themselves they can check it in and get it back at the end of class. If I take it, it goes to the office and a $15 fee is incurred. I have really sucky laptops in my room that do not work half the time. I often let them use their phones in place of them. But I walk the room keeping them on task.

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Our district is now investing in yondr pouches. They are pouches with a magnetic lock, kids only get their phones at lunch. Still not sure how I feel about it, our students need to learn how to use technology appropriately and when I go to work my phone isn't locked up. I'm very unsettled with the whole phone issue. We have very non confrontational admin so if we want something to stick we have to enforce it. I tell the kids no phones on my room, if I see it I tell them I am in need of a new phone and I will gladly collect all the choices I see. I don't generally see them after that. Students know I am a one and done with rules and I will not falter from that.

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I have a cell phone caddy and charging station, but neither is very effective. I've been using an app called pocket points this year, so students can earn prizes, points on a test, etc. for time in class that their phone is on the app, and not in use.

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