Richmond Co. pilots students using personal devices in class

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News 12 This Morning

September 11, 2013

RICHMOND CO., Ga. (WRDW)--"We're so used to everyday, sitting in class, doing the work in the book," said Alysha Bailey.

Now, things are about to get more interactive at Hephzibah High School as Richmond County rolls out a new Bring Your Own Technology initiative.

Hephzibah High was chosen as one of the pilot schools and senior Alysha Bailey and her classmate, senior Amber Hope, are excited about it.

"I think it will be good for the school and the students," said Bailey.

"It's a really enriching experience for us especially since we can use our own technology," said Hope. "It's going to be a lot more comfortable."

With parent's permission, students will now be able to use their own devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops in class.

But, Principal Dr. Walter Reeves says the privilege comes with rules.

"Students would connect to their device through the school system's wireless internet which has the blocks and restrictions," said Dr. Reeves.

There will be times when technology isn't allowed in the classroom and at that time, signs will be posting to help remind students not to pull out their devices.

"They can't use their own data plan," Dr. Reeves explained. "But, we've got good kids that can take on and be responsible."

Dr. Reeves, Bailey and Hope all say they think the benefits will outweigh any possible misuse of the technology.

"There are a lot of applications out there for educational use and a lot of research, translations for foreign languages," Dr. Reeves said.

"It's a different learning experience and I think it brings more efficiency to the school," said Bailey.

"When we get our text books, they're already out of date even if they're new," Hope said. "And, research is a lot more up to date on the internet."

Parents of stduents at Hephzibah High will get information about this roll-out tonight at open house which is at 7 o'clock at the school.

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