Bloomfield schools to try 'bring your own device' program

Bloomfield schools to try 'bring your own device' program

Bloomfield school leaders hosted a meeting to discuss the specifics of a new blended online curriculum with students and parents Tuesday night. The 'bring your own device' pilot program begins this fall.

The days of banning cell phones from classrooms are going by the wayside. Instead, one area school district is embracing hand-held technology.

When some students return to school this fall they'll have to bring their own devices.

Bloomfield Junior Senior High School is trying out a blended online learning curriculum this year.

School leaders went over the specifics of the pilot program with students and parents Tuesday night. They spent two years researching how other districts incorporate technology into their lessons.

The district has settled on the 'bring your own device' model for now.

"Are there going to be situations or bumps in the road that we have to go to that we have to say, 'hey, we didn't know--or something that we didn't expect or we did expect. That's just part of the pilot. It's a work in progress. It is going to--we're going to adapt and modify it as we go along," says David Dean, Bloomfield principal.

Students can bring iPhones, iPads, lap tops and tablets. The district has extra lap tops for students in pilot classrooms who don't have access to their own devices.

Web use will be restricted to educational purposes.

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