Manchester school technology officials look to expand Bring Your Own Device program
School technology officials are expected to share with Board of School Committee members the results of the Webster Elementary School’s Bring Your Own Device program for fourth- and fifth-grade students, and request that the program be expanded to include third-graders as well.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) pilot program integrates technology with classroom instruction. Students can bring their devices from home to use at school. Devices include laptops, tablets, iPads, smartphones and other devices with Internet access. Throughout the program, students and teachers have tracked how the technology is used as an aid in the classroom, and will share that feedback with the school board tonight.
“I could not be more pleased with the results of our BYOD pilot,” writes Christine Martin, Webster School principal, in a memo to Manchester School IT Director Jeff DeLangie. “Students would bring their personal computing devices to school and use them as a tool, a resource like any other resource in the classroom.”
Martin said no students in the program were referred to the main office for discipline associated with use of the devices.
Members of the city’s Information Technology Committee voted unanimously on Sept. 10 to approve the continuation of the fourth- and fifth-grade pilot BYOD program, and expanding it to include third-grade classrooms this school year.