Teacher Mary Garza asked her pupils to leave their phones on loud while in class.
Teacher Mary Garza asked her pupils to leave their phones on loud while in class. An unusual request, yes, but she did have a very good reason for it.
In the space of one class which is roughly an hour long, students received a combined total of over 1,000 notifications from Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, text, email, calls and other social media platforms.
So every 2.5 seconds one person in class is being distracted by their phone, which obviously impacts on their education.
Mary shared the results on Facebook and school board trustee Joe Becigneul re-shared the image on his own page.
“A teacher in the U.S. had her students turn their phones on loud, and every time they received a notification they went up and put a tally mark under the correct category,” he wrote.
Many people took to Facebook to offer up their solution to the problem, including turning notifications off, putting the phone on Do Not Disturb or even banning phones from the classroom completely.
“In my school in Verona, Italy cell phones are banned and if students are caught using them, they are confiscated, parents advised and held with the Secretary,” shared a follower.