Students in Collier County can now bring cell phones to school
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NAPLES, Fla.-Collier County Schools launched a BYOD initiative on Monday. BYOD stands for "Bring Your Own Device."
11 schools will begin Phase 1 of the program and it allow students to use phones and tablets in the classroom. The schools include Barron Collier High School, Everglades City School, Golden Gate High, Golden Terrace Elementary, Gulf Coast High, Immokalee Middle, Lely High, Lorenzo Walker Technical High, Manatee Middle, Pelican Marsh Elementary and Sea Gate Elementary. Right now, students use their devices about 3 times a week, but will begin to use them more at the start of the 2013- 2014 school year in August.
The remainder of CCPS schools will implement the program in January 2014 or in August 2014.
In Robby Baker's classroom at Lely High School, students don't have to hide their phones.
"I only get 49 minutes and if the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes they're not engaged, I'm out of time," said Robby Baker, Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 Honors teacher.
Students can work on a math problem, then snap a photo of it and it will pop up on the board in the front of the class. This gives teachers instant feedback.
"I get instant feedback not just a thumbs up or ya I got it, but I really don't. I get to see your work and see right away when they post it," said Baker.
How do you keep the technology from becoming a distraction? Will kids text and surf Facebook? The district says students use the schools Wi-Fi connection and students don't have access to social media sites.
"Is it your responsibility to make sure no one is distracted on the phone?"
"100% my responsibility to manage my classroom, my kids," said Baker.
So what about the students who might not be able to afford the technology? The district is looking for donations. To learn more about how to donate visit: http://www.collierschools.com/byod/