TAMPA, Fla. (TBO.com)-Using personal cell phones and tablets at school is usually a no-no.
But for Hillsborough County public school students, that’s not the case anymore.
This school year is the first of a districtwide bring-your-own-device initiative that allows students – with permission from their teachers – to use devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops for educational purposes in the classroom.
For instance, a student may download note-taking applications onto an iPhone or complete a reading assignment on an e-reader.
The district piloted the program on select campuses last school year.
Sharon Zulli – the district’s manager of technology, customer service and support – told Hillsborough school board members during a presentation Tuesday that students have been receptive to the new program.