I remember when even the mansion-y-est of homes only had one phone.
I remember when no one took personal calls at work.
I remember when students would never have IMAGINED receiving a call while at school.
I remember when the only person who had a car phone was James Bond.
And I remember when a text was a classroom book.
Oh my dear friends - - - I am from another century, perhaps from another planet.
Today, personal technology has COMPLETELY altered the landscape of our schools. Oh sure - - - we have RULES that phones have to be turned off and that texting is NOT allowed during class. However, since the kids are subterfuge texting experts, and since there are ring tones that people over the age of 21 can't hear, we old dinosaur teachers are at a great disadvantage. If we think that phones are off and texting isn't occuring we are the old proverbial ostrichs with their heads in the sand.
So - - - welcome to my classroom garage.
The CELL PHONE garage.
Oh, but even this name has already become obsolete for NOW there are I-Pods which can communicate with Djibuti, so I'm having to turn my cell phone garage into the Electronics Technology Garage!!!
These are the ET items in the garage for one of my Junior High science classes. Yep - - - Junior High!!!
When the ET's are in the garage it means it is - - -
Oh, surely none of MY little angels would be texting answers back and forth across the room, or using "phone-a-friend" during a test, would they????
Well, not if their ET is in the garage they won't!!!
And while we're looking at these darling little test takers, let me show you THREE of them up close and personal. These three are the three who have moved into my Cbox and taken up permanent residence there.
I will let you try to figure out which is which. One of them is Carissa, one is Sam, and one changes his moniker nearly comment by comment. For the purposes of this post, we shall refer to him by his most current tag of "Michael Corleone." Go ahead - - - leave a guess as to who is whom in the comments.
Technology guru #1
Technology guress #2
Technology guru #3.
Oh, but do not be fooled into thinking that #3 was SLEEPING - - - he was busy concentrating and earning a PERFECT score on the test - - -and without the aid of any electronics!!!!