School Board Set to Vote on New Technology Use Policy

3 years 8 months 7 hours ago April 08, 2013 Apr 8, 2013 Monday, April 08 2013 Monday, April 08, 2013 6:40:03 AM CDT in News
By: Elise Oggioni

COLUMBIA - The Columbia school board is voting Monday night on whether to adopt a policy that would allow students to use certain electronic devices for work in the classroom.

The Missouri School Board Association is asking Columbia school board officials to consider allowing public school students to bring in ipads, smart phones or even gaming devices to change the way they learn in school. Gaming devices are included in that description because officials say younger students in elementary schools would likely have more access to a personal gaming device, such as a PSP or Nintendo DS, as opposed to their own cell phone or tablet device.

However, not every school in the district would have to adopt this new policy if voted through. School board officials would authorize CPS Superintendent Chris Belcher and school principals to designate which grades, classes, or even buildings that would encourage teachers to incorporate the use of personal electronic devices into their lesson plans.

In order to keep students safe and following the policy, parents will have to sign a written agreement allowing their children to use their devices in school. Officials said they will install filters on the school's internet network to make sure that students do not access inappropriate material.

The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Administration Building on West Worley Street.

To see the full text of the technology use policy, click here.

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