Bring Your Own Technology (Students, that is)
As shocking as it may be for some to believe, there are districts which have begun, or are about to begin, allowing students to bring their own technology to school. Not only that, but the districts are going to allow the student devices to connect to the school network so they can access the Internet while they are at school. Yes, students will be allowed to have their own cell phones, laptops, iPads, iPod touches, etc. in the classroom!
Okay, take a deep breath.
Now that you’ve taken a moment to digest that, what do you think of this development? Forsyth County schools are already allowing students to bring their own technology, and Douglas County is going to allow it at their new high school which opens in August. Needless to say, this is a MAJOR shift in philosophy. Some districts would tell you that they would never consider such a thing, but dozens of school districts attended a Bring Your Own Technology Summit at Kennesaw State University a few weeks ago. You can watch some of the recorded presentations here.
So I guess I’m saying that we should all get ready for this. Like it or not, it’s probably coming to a district near you!