Perryville Schools allowing students to bring cell phones, tablets to class

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Published: Aug. 4, 2016 at 9:42 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2016 at 9:22 AM CDT
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PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Bringing technology into the classroom is something most local districts are doing, but what happens when there isn't enough money to make it happen?

Perryville is taking the unusual step of allowing students to bring their own cell phones and tablets to class. They're calling it BYOD: Bring your Own Device.

"Our students need to be technology ready because that is the world they live in," said Jeanie White, Perryville's Assistant Superintendent.

After seeing schools in the area make their classrooms 1 to 1 - meaning one tablet for each student - she knew they had to make that happen here.

"We knew it was possible so we started to look outside of the box on how to do that!" White said.

Now, as soon as the first class starts, students will be able to use their own cellphone or iPad during classroom lessons.

"We knew financially and system wide we were not maybe ready for jumping in and doing the 1:1, so this seem to be the best fit for the district," White said.

Heartland News spoke with some parents who didn't want to go on camera, but were worried students using their own cell phones and tablets could cause a distraction.

White said she is preparing her teachers for things like that.

"We are very diligent in training our teachers, having conversations with kids, being upfront and honest with them that these are privileges," White said. "This is an opportunity that they didn't even have last year, so we're opening up an opportunity that they didn't get before, so we feel like we put the foundation there, we're just supporting everybody as we move forward in this process."

For students who don't have a cell phone or tablet to use, White says the district will provide them with one to use.

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