“We go on the premise that if they can use it for the Web, you don’t have to worry about which device they bring,” said Christopher Troetti, principal at Bethel High School.
Last year, the district decided to allow high school students to bring to school any online devices they had — smartphone, tablet or laptop — for use in class as teachers saw fit.
“We said, ‘Let’s give it a shot and see what happens,'” Troetti said. “We treated our kids like adults … but don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of bumps.”
In Newington, Superintendent of Schools William Collins unveiled his new technology plan at graduation in June 2011.
“I said that starting in September we’ll no longer be pulling cellphones out of your hands, we will be encouraging you to bring them in and use them. You could hear the gasps,” Collins said. “We hadn’t broken it to the teachers either. You could have heard a pin drop.”
But when students began bringing in their smartphones, laptops and tablets, Collins said, “not only did the world not come to an end, but it was also very productive.”
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