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Hillsborough board member asks, are cell phones in school all that bad?

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July

april_griffin.jpgFor as long as most kids can remember, "We see it, we take it" has been the mobile phone policy in Hillsborough County schools.

Maybe it's time for that to change, School Board member April Griffin said Tuesday morning.

Speaking at a board workshop on Hillsborough's  technology needs, Griffin said the district might be overlooking the reality that many students feel comfortable doing research, sharing information and - essentially - learning with the help of smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

She prefaced her statement, however, by saying they would need to learn business etiquette. So no, she was not advocating a free-for-all.

"Bring-your-own-device" is one model officials are considering as they ponder the district's vast technology needs, and the costs associated.

"I've talked to teachers and I understand their concerns," Griffin said. "The fact that they can pictures, the fact that they can text whenever there's a fight on campus and get everyone in one place in a very short period of time. But they're doing it anyway."

Member Doretha Edgecomb added that, it students are held to strict rules concerning cell phone use, so should school employees.

Nothing was decided, and members agreed another workshop is in order.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 2:09pm]

    

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