District set for parents' meeting on BYOD [The Sedalia Democrat, Sedalia, Mo.]
(Sedalia Democrat (MO) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Aug. 17--The Sedalia School District 200 is hosting a parent information meeting Monday regarding the new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
With the new program, students at Smith-Cotton Junior High and Smith-Cotton High School will be allowed to bring electronic devices into the classroom for educational purposes, according to a news release.
Acceptable devices include smart phones, tablets, laptops, mini notebooks and iPod Touches, said Becky Brownfield, instructional technology specialist at SCHS.
Brownfield said the devices will be used for voice recordings during experiments, on field trips and for projects, as well as collaboration tools using My Big Campus, a collaboration and classroom management software the district recently implemented. She also said QR codes are being integrated into the classroom.
"The main benefit I see is the real world experiences and the higher engagement for students in the classroom," Brownfield said. "If they're reading text and they don't understand a word, they don't have a waiting period, they can look it up on their device. It gives them an immediate tool to go deeper with curriculum and content."
During the program's first year it will be used on a volunteer basis, meaning teachers can choose if they would like to implement the program in their classrooms. As the year progresses, teachers at the middle school and elementary schools will have the potential to use a few trial lessons with these devices, but they will not be using the full BYOD model.
Brownfield said so far, the overall reaction from teachers to the program has been positive.
"It's early still, but for the most part the teachers I've been working with are excited and want to embrace it," she said. "Our teacher focus group wants to go full throttle with it this year to try to engage kids and to use the technology they already have."
Brownfield said the meeting will provide information about the program overall, how the district network is set up, security measures and classroom procedures with the new program.
The BYOD parent meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Heckart Performing Arts Center at SCHS. For more information on the BYOD program, go to the technology page on sedalia200.org.
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