You will not believe what one app could do to a classroom of teens!
Snapchat, one of the hottest apps for teens, came out with an update yesterday and it proceeded to wreak havoc in schools across America. The update includes being able to text inside the app, and when you leave the app the conversation will disappear. You can also video-call friends through Snapchat.
Kids started downloading the update in the morning, but by the second hour of the day, it was complete chaos.
In 16 years of teaching I can't think of anything that has ever disrupted my classroom more than today's @snapchat update.
— Tracie Schroeder (@bravesearth) May 1, 2014
"Today was the first day in a long time I actually took phones away. I have no idea what all was included in the update, but you would have thought it was crack. They seriously could not keep away from it. I even had one girl crawl under the table with her phone.
At that point I took all the phones away and we had a little reminder chat about when it was appropriate to use your phone and when it was not. Also that it was rarely appropriate to hide under the table.
For quite awhile now, kids have had a real anxiety about being separated from their phone, but today it was near panic. I am hoping by tomorrow some of the novelty will have worn off and we can get back to business."