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BYOD Boundaries By_Robin L. Flanigan Crafting smart policies outlining privileges and restrictions will help keep schools on track for responsible yet dynamic use of studentowned digital devices for learning A dministrators in the Forsyth County, Ga., schools say the district’s “bring your own device” initiative, unveiled in spring 2010, has accelerated student learning more than would have been possible with a 1-to-1 computing program alone. “When you have the same kind of device and software, you wind up with teachers’ doing what they’ve always been doing, except decorating it up with technology,” says Jill Hobson, the director of instructional technology for the 39,000-student district. With BYOD, which encourages students to bring their own technology devices to school, “it’s not really possible to keep doing the same thing,” she explains, “because the technologies aren’t all the same. It requires a change in strategy.” BYOD initiatives are emerging in an increasing number of school districts around the country. Proponents hail them as an economical way Students at Johns Creek Elementary School in Forsyth County, Ga., are allowed to use their own personal digital devices for classroom learning. Photos by_ KJH Photography KJH Photography

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Digital Directions - Winter 2013

Digital Directions - Winter 2013
Editor’s Note
DD Site Visit
Bits & Bytes
Digital Storytelling
Online Courses Turn on Gaming
Reading in the Age of Digital Devices
Movers & Shakers
State, Federal Leadership Seen as Key to Innovation
Open-Source Opportunities
BYOD Boundaries
E-Cloud Forecast
Digital Shift

Digital Directions - Winter 2013