Many students at Gull Lake high school have made less efficient use of the iPads in class. With games such as “Clash of Clans” and “Whale Trail,” some find it difficult to focus in the classroom environment.
“This has been a very frustrating fall trying to keep students engaged in learning and using the iPad for academic reasons rather than games or instant messaging,” Health and Social Studies teacher Cindy Leder said.
Leder said some teachers take up to 50 percent of class time trying to get students off of their iPads. Some change was needed.
New regulations state that students are allowed to keep the iPads on the corner of their desks or in their backpacks. No iPads shall be used in class unless the teacher gives permission to use them.
If a teacher thinks that a student is not doing their work and discovers it, then the teacher can delete apps off of the student’s iPad.
“This was a mutually agreed upon thing for the administration, staff and Mr.. Eastman,” said temporary vice principal and English teacher Matt Hawkins.
Some students said they find this difficult to believe.
“The fact that they’re warning us about it is kind of stupid because people are just going to find a way around it,” said junior James Deanman.
By Emmy Zuidweg and Nic Smith