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Catoosa launching pilot program in schools

Ringgold High School is soon launching a Bring Your Own Technology pilot program following unanimous approval by the Catoosa County School Board Feb. 5.

Catoosa County Schools Director of Technology Steve Sawyer is ready to get to work on the new pilot program.

“We want to allow students to bring devices to school to learn,” said Sawyer. “Devices students might bring into the classroom include a smartphone, iPad, tablet or laptop. For students that don’t have a device, Ringgold High School has checkout carts with laptops for them to use.”

Catoosa County Schools communications specialist Marissa Brower said BYOT is all about reaching students where they are and integrating technology to keep them engaged in the classroom learning environment.

Catoosa County Schools Superintendent Denia Reese said so many students have iPads and cellphones, so why not allow them to use the devices in the classroom for learning opportunities? “The sky did not fall” when Catoosa County students took part in a cellphone use pilot program in the schools, she added.

“ESPLOST was a huge help to integrate technology,” Sawyer said. “Ringgold High School has a new wireless network and we upgraded our bandwidth and the school has interactive whiteboards in every classroom.”

Personal Internet connective devices are not permitted to access outside Internet sources at any time at RHS, he noted.

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