I have decided to buy a wireless router for my classroom. I will connect it to the network port that supplies my computer with internet services. I will allow my students to enter the 21st century in whatever way I can help them to get there. Frankly, I feel a bit afraid of the trouble I will stir up and wonder what reprimands will come my way.
Most students would not be caught dead using their smart phones to access Facebook and Twitter in class. Many professors at MSU have issued policies banning the use of all electronic devices during class time. But in some classes Facebook, Twitter, and even smart phones are being used to help students in and outside of class.
Along with some colleagues in our lower school division, I lobbied to use money normally spent on workbooks and paper instructional materials to buy a classroom set of netbooks for our students. We’re only a month into the school year, and already, Bellow’s golden rules have served me well. Here’s how they apply to my fourth grade classroom: