Our district got a grant to get internet-based phones in every classroom. Plug the phone into the USB port and log onto Microsoft Messenger, and parents will be able to get in touch with me anywhere I go, world-wide.
Except in my classroom during business hours. If I want, I can get phone calls from parents while I’m on vacation in Cancun, but not during my consultation period when I’m at school.
Yup, they set up the system to block incoming calls during our contract hours (7:00 AM to 3:30 PM). Thanks to the few teachers who will abuse the system, and who are probably already doing it with their personal cell phones, we’re given this great piece of technology that is only useful when we’re off the job.
Another case of people who haven’t been in a classroom for over 20 years spending money in places that best serve the students.