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Rockwall ISD Encourages Students to "Bring Your Own Technology"

By Tammy Mutasa
|  Friday, Sep 23, 2011  |  Updated 5:59 PM CDT
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Rockwall Independent School District is testing a pilot program where students can bring their own gadgets, like iPhones and iPads to school.

Tammy Mutasa, NBC 5 News

Rockwall Independent School District is testing a pilot program where students can bring their own gadgets, like iPhones and iPads to school.

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Rockwall school district officials are testing a pilot program that allows students to bring gadgets that were once banned to class.

Under BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology, high school students can bring electronic devices to class.

The district surveyed parents and students, and 70 percent supported the idea.

"We realized the potential of having the Internet in their pocket," said Donna Fisher of the Rockwall Independent School District. "If they are in class and asked to research something or asked to look something up, instead of discouraging them, we want to encourage them to use that to support their own learning."

But students will not be able to visit any website they want. They will log onto Rockwall ISD's wireless network as guests and be limited to school-appropriate sites.

Students who can't afford to bring their own gadgets can use school-funded laptops.

The district will survey teachers in December to see what worked and what didn't.

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