Bring your own device program allows expanded use of technology in classrooms


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By Alexa Mazzola, Intern

The altered school year came along with a new medium of learning. Students now bring their own devices to school, improving the chance of fully contact-free schooling. With this year being the first of bringing a device, it came with some concerns from parents, students and teachers. Technology director Christopher Stanley says we will be incorporating technology into our future learning.

“Students can collaborate and interact with the curriculum in more ways than ever before,” Stanley said. 

According to district administration, the goal of the Bring Your Own Device program is to allow students to stay in the loop with their education in a more convenient, especially in the even that a student is sick, absent or missing class content.

However, BYOD has come with some challenges, such as technological difficulties, mant believe that the costs outweigh the benefits. On top of the compact nature of virtual learning, recorded classes are available to students, and online communication tools aim to streamline communication between students and teachers.

Additionally, many see additional benefits such as lowered paper waste and opportunities for better organization, as well as another method in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

In addition, students who do not have access to a device can access them through the school.   

“BYOD is a program that we will continue to provide in the future,” Stanley said. “I think more than ever, technology has found its way in education in many positive ways.”