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Bring Your Own Device comes to Wake

Students with ipads

We are leaving students to their own devices -- in a really good way! 

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a growing national trend and it has come to Wake. Just like it sounds, students can bring their own laptops, tablets or even smartphones to school to support their learning.

"Our students can now see their personal digital devices not only as a way to have fun, but also as a way to learn," said Marlo Gaddis, Senior Director of Instructional Technology and Library Media Services. "This is really important. They're not just gaming or texting. They're figuring out how they can conduct research, write, communicate and solve problems in meaningful ways."

We are piloting BYOD in 13 schools this year. Teachers have received professional development around helping kids learn with their own digital devices. And the students, well -- left to their own devices -- are loving it.

BYOD also frees up school-issued devices for students who might not have their own. And that's fine. All lessons are crafted to ensure that all students can conduct their assigned tasks with any device. And, it encourages groups working together. BYOD also teaches students to be "digitally responsible," both with the devices themselves and with how they use them.