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Bay District schools have started distributing Chromebooks to middle school students. Other districts are have similar initiatives. Schools are also becoming more accepting of students using their mobile devices in the classroom. What changes in technology use is your district implementing? What policies have you adopted to deal with these changes?
Doug Johnson in his Blue Skunk blog, advocates for fewer restrictions on the use of technology:
We had not previously blocked social networking or communication tools in the district. Part of our school district’s mission is to help kids become “real world ready” and social networking besides having business and educational uses* is a part of the real world, like it or not. Blocking social networking tools from school networks disenfranchises students who cannot afford personal Internet access.
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