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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.

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“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.

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Valerie Garner, Staff Writer
Valerie Garner, known to her peers as Val, is a senior staff member on The Roar. That’s not all she does. Val is also the editor of LHS’s yearbook, The Lair. She has been a Leander Lion for entire high school career. After high school Val hopes to find herself in the city of College Station at Texas A&M. She wants to study communications there. When Val is not focusing her time on school, she is devoted to serving at her church. She is involved in her youth group, mentoring middle school students, and singing as well. Val enjoys playing the ukulele in her free time. She likes to eat Yaki Soba, a Japanese dish consisting of fried noodles. Her favorite colors are pink and blue.

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    Kayla WeirOct 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

    The reason that I like this idea…. i think that it does give SOME students the help and opportunity that they need to get their work done.
    The reason that i dont like this idea…. it also gives SOME students the possability of not focusing on their work, not getting it done, and also bothering those around them.