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BYOD allows students easier access to technology

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Students at Iota High School in Acadia Parish will get the opportunity to bring hand-held electronic devices onto campus. The Acadia Parish School Board unanimously approved the pilot program Monday night. BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device is expected to help ease the pressure of during computer related research for students, especially for Social Studies, Science and English classes.

"The staff and faculty is looking for way to cost effectively increase the use of technology without having to go out and buy new hardware and software," said Bill Smith, who presented the program to the school board.

After attending a LA-CUE meeting (Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators) in 2012, Smith said he was able to speak with educators who were using cell phones and electronic devices in the classroom.

"I'm going have four or five even ten students that have access to these devices and will not have to wait to use the two or three computers in the classroom," he explained.

Tablets, e-readers, netbooks and laptops will be allowed but only during teacher-appointed times, and not all students or teachers have to participate.

"It's only if a teacher sees the need for the device in their classroom. Students can't use them during lunch or outside of the classroom," Smith said.

For now, cell phones also will not be allowed. Smith said, "We worry about the kids getting on the internet and sending text messages during class or maybe even taking pictures of tests and saving them so others can see."

Principal Cindy Abshire expressed concern over students losing or even stealing devices and hopes it won't be a problem that doesn't get out of control.

Smith plans to gather information during the year and present it to the school board at the conclusion of school. If successful, it could reach other Acadia Parish Schools the following year.

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