Thursday, August 16, 2018

That's what we said: The bring your own device policy

During the 2014-2015 year, Hillsborough County public schools began a district-wide policy known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Through this initiative, students are permitted to use their own electronic devices at school for educational purposes. They also have the ability to connect to free wireless internet provided by the school district. While the majority of high school students believe that the idea behind the project is worthwhile, many find that in practice, the program is not so effective.

"I think it's good that schools have (the BYOD policy). I find it really useful, especially with journalism. I do a lot of multimedia things on my computer, and I write stories. I can edit videos and upload stories right to my computer."

"I think it's a good idea because kids should have laptops and phones so they can look stuff up for class. Some (teachers) try to restrain you from taking your phones out, but most cooperate."

"The Bring Your Own Device policy is a good way for students to be able to do their work from their phones. But sometimes teachers don't abide by it, so it's a little unfair."

"I think it's good because a lot of classrooms don't have computers, and it helps students do the stuff that they need to do. One of my teachers does surveys on phones."

"I think it's great because I use my phone all the time in class to research. But some kids do take advantage of it. Sometimes people, instead of using it to research, they just play games."

Isabel Giovannetti, Robinson High

     
 
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