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Students Can Bring Computers To Class In Williamson County

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by Chris Cannon

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - Students in Williamson County will have the opportunity to BYOT this year: "Bring Your Own Technology" to class when school starts next week.

The program will allow teachers to incorporate Internet technology into the daily classroom lessons.

"There are so many things that our kids know about technology that we don't. So, it's a place where we can both learn from each other," said math teacher Jessica Roberts.

She is one of several dozens teachers who are going through training on how to implement the new technology program in their classrooms.

"Making the right choices of when to use technology, when not to use it. And thinking about all the components of how to use it," said Helen Crompton from the International Society for Technology in Education.

ISTE was hired by the district to train teachers. Their services were paid for with a $105,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation.

The teachers who attended training will take what they learn back to their schools and pass it on to their fellow teachers.

"And I will tell them don't be intimidated by this whole process because I am not that techo savvy, but I'm willing to learn," said math teacher Jill Cox.

The BYOT program will be available for students in 3rd through 12th grades.

If a student is unable to bring his or her own digital device to class, the district is working to provide each child the technology on the day its needed.

"Our principals are working diligently to make sure there are devices students can check out and use in the classroom to support they're learning," according to Belinda Moss, the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the district.

Williamson County Schools will allow students to access the Internet through a secure network provided by the school. Parents, students and staff will all be required to sign a technology contract agreeing to the terms of safe Internet usage as defined by the school.

The district has approved vendors for digital devices that will be able to work with parents to find the best device for their children.

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