News 12 This Morning / Friday, Aug. 8, 2014
MCDUFFIE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- Students in McDuffie County headed back to school today.
But kids at McDuffie-Thomson Middle School won't be coming back to school the way they left it before summer break.
The school is now piloting a new technology program called "Bring Your Own Technology."
"It's a chance for the kids to bring in their devices. Their cell phones, iPhones, iPads... and actually use those in the classroom," says teacher Nathaniel Meador.
Meador said he tested the program in his classroom last year, and he thinks it kept his students engaged.
"The students are hooked in. Their attention is right on you...right on their phones," Meador said.
Principal Neil Tam said he's excited to get the program started, and he's ready to kick off a new year.
"I just want it to be the best year ever. Our theme in the county is pulling together and we're pulling together for the best year ever at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School," Tam said.