A motivational speaker is urging teachers, administrators, and students to separate from their smartphones and connect with the humans around them.  Joe Beckman, a consultant based in Minneapolis:

“How do we say yes to the benefits of tech, but not lose the one thing that got us here in the first place, which is human connection?… We know tech’s not going anywhere anytime soon. “It’s not the bad guy in the room. If we use it in a way that makes our world and our lives better if we use it as a tool rather than a companion.”

Beckman says smartphones have become a crutch.