Today’s technology is constantly advancing and is creating new ways for people to stay connected. As technology, including smart watches, emerge into a classroom setting, policies regarding the use of them often are quick to follow.
“It’s technology, so it’s always evolving and it can do a lot of things that normal watches can’t,” Tristan Tilson, Best Buy employee, said.
Smartwatches are mobile devices worn on your wrist that can access text messages, phone calls, social media and more. Companies including Apple, Android and Samsung produce smartwatches ranging in size, features and price.
“Whenever I don’t have my phone on me, I can still get notifications and text people on my wrist,” said Marissa Eudy, a sophomore smartwatch owner.
Smartwatches can be designed and styled to match individual preferences. Companies offer different style wrist bands to range the age of customers.
“Not only are they fashion statements, but they bridge the gap between tech and fashion,” Tilson said.
Apple’s smartwatch is popular among high school students and was Best Buy’s best-selling wearable tech over the holidays. Smartwatches are beginning to advance into a classroom setting. For some teachers, this is becoming an additional distraction.
Business teacher Jim Galloway says he stays consistent with the school policy that phone use in his classroom is prohibited. Students in his class are sure to have heard his saying that “Across the black line, your phone is mine.”
Galloway requires students to put up their phones in a shoe pocket as they enter the class. As smartwatches become more popular among students, he said he will require them to go into the shoe pocket as well.
“I have not had any smartwatches that I know of, but it’s on the policy. All electronics of any kind go in cell phone jail,” Galloway said.
Teachers are beginning to notice the effect smartwatches have on a class. English teacher Tristen Plemmons recently discovered what smartwatches can actually do.
“A student was trying to find a loophole in my no-cell phone policy, so that’s when I got clued into the fact that smartwatches could do things like texting,” Plemmons said.
Continuing to change, smartwatches will impact school systems as they become even more advanced. Teachers will need to update policies and students will have more distractions.
Smartwatches range in features, design and size. Before getting a smartwatch, research to find the smartwatch that best fits your desires.
“Smartwatches are cool; they can do a lot but unless you are really ready to make that investment, it’s not usually a gap a lot of people like to make because it is going to be on your wrist a long time,” Tilson said.