LHS Plugs In

by Valerie Garner, Editor-in-chief

The new BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy this year states that with classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with others. This includes laptops, netbooks, smart phones, and tablets.

This new policy is a good idea because it enhances our learning environment and when it is under control, it does not distract students from their work. While I am writing, I listen to my iPod because it relaxes me and helps me focus on my work.

There have been complaints that classroom technology is very expensive. BYOD saves schools and students money. Mobile devices have tons of free and inexpensive apps accessible for download such as a graphing calculator app or a dictionary. Instead of keeping up with all of the ever-updating, expensive technology, it keeps learning current. With BYOD, learning is limitless and it improves students’ learning.

Some students and teachers believe that this will be a distraction to students. Students live and breathe technology; it should be taken advantage of by utilizing mobile devices to get students more engaged in class.

“If that’s how students interact in everyday life, then that’s how they should interact in the classroom,” Sarah Ambrus, English teacher, said.

Since students choose the device that they use to complete their work, they’re probably more likely to finish it. Classrooms are more progressive. Students are happier and more enthusiastic.

“People should be able to use their technology for their education,” Devin Roffman, senior, said.

When students finish their work and the teachers are not giving instructions, being able to text or listen to music definitely makes kids more willing to do their work when assigned.

In conclusion, we should embrace the new BYOD policy. It creates a better learning environment, it saves money, and it engages students in the classroom.