Last week, the Snapchat team updated its app to include real-time messaging and video chat. While the latest update to the popular messaging application is sure to make users very happy, it drew the ire of one Kansas high school teacher, who says the update made teaching virtually impossible.
Science teacher Tracie Schroeder, who teaches at Council Grove High School, took to Twitter to make her complaint known:
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
Responding to an inquiry by Business Insider, Schroeder noted that she is pretty lenient when it comes to having phones in the classroom. So long as they don’t cause a distraction, she doesn’t worry too much about it. However, when Snapchat issued the update, almost every student during her seminar period was trying to download the update.
As a result, Schroeder took phones away, noting that it was the first time she had to do such a thing in a long time. According to Schroeder, it was so bad that one girl crawled under the table with her phone. After she took the phones away, she had a little chat with the students about proper phone etiquette.
Schroeder believes that this was representative of the levels of anxiety kids have when they are separated from their phones, justifiable reasoning given the proliferation smartphones have had over the last decade. For Schroeder, she only hopes that “some of the novelty will have worn off and we can get back to business.”
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