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Graves High looks ahead to fall, BYOD

Graves County High School agriculture teacher Richard Horn and (from left) students Dylan Hobbs, Andrea Reynolds, and Travis Wyatt check technical information on their smart phones as they start building a small animal facility. The high school currently has a policy that allows students to use some outside technology. However, administrators are asking GCHS students and parents to look ahead to the 2012-13 school year with plans to BYOD, Bring Your Own Device. Examples include a laptop, a tablet, or a smart phone. The only stipulation is it needs the capacity to connect to Wi-Fi. GCHS teachers’ feedback indicates students need more access to technology. Teachers will learn innovative ways to use BYOD connections through professional development. The continuous introductions of new technology and students’ cutting edge interest in and adeptness at it cause BYOD to make sense, said district technology integration specialist Amanda Henderson. The district’s technology department uses the latest means available to filter out any inappropriate material through its wireless network and that will continue, according to Graves County Schools’ chief information officer John McMillen. He hopes that BYOD eventually will be implemented throughout all the district’s schools.

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