A PILOT PROGRAM permitting students to bring their own Internet connected devices to school will begin First Semester of the 2012-2013 School Year for grades 8-12. The length of this pilot program will depend on (1) the success of students adhering to the guidelines and policies for use of their own technology at school; and (2) success of adapting instruction and improving learning in the classroom.
In 2010 the U.S. Department of Education introduced the National Education Technology Plan. The Plan "calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning and accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices." The National Education Technology Plan's rationale is specific when explaining the reason technology must be integrated into today's education:
Technology-based learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels. Technology will help us execute collaborative teaching strategies combined with professional learning that better prepare and enhance educators' competencies and expertise over the course of their careers. To shorten our learning curve, we should look to other kinds of enterprises, such as business and entertainment, that have used technology to improve outcomes while increasing productivity.
In order to better gauge what level of access that our students have to technology at home, in December of 2011, Tallmadge City Schools administered a Technology Accessibility Survey to all students, grades K-12. The results of the survey can be found here.
The District believes that these personally owned devices should be allowed into the schools as a way to enhance the educational experience.
What are the Hardware and Software Considerations?
Whose Responsibility Is It?
All Electronic Devices:
Mobile phones in the classroom: