Personal Tech Devices OK'd for High Schools
Regional school board unanimously approves student use of their own wireless devices in the classroom.
No need for teens to leave their technology devices at home during the school day anymore, as the West Morris Regional Board of Education unanimously decided to allow district students to bring their own wireless devices to class.
The B.Y.O.T.–Bring Your Own Technology–initiative has been batted around since schools superintendent Mackey Pendergrast took his position in March 2012, and became official with a vote at the board’s most recent meeting.
Students won’t be able to take advantage of the new initiative just yet, as the board is still creating policies around the move.
“What are the parameters?” Pendergrast asked the board. “We still need to analyze and create responsible usage policy and social media policy.”
Along with the initiative comes the proper infrastructure for each school building to support the technology, which, Pendergrast said, is not yet in place. Wi-Fi capabilities will need to be implemented–a line item that will likely find its way into the upcoming proposed budget.
After surveying faculty at both schools, there was an overwhelming response to move forward with the move, Pendergrast said. “The teachers basically said we ‘need to get with it.’”
According to outgoing senior and West Morris Central High School representative to the board Alexandra Dean, the initiative would likely work, but regardless of policies put in place students will do what they want.
“If a student who normally goofs off in class has (a device), they’re likely going to still goof off,” Dean said. “If a student who normally focuses in class is using their device, chances are they’ll still stay focused.”
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