Next week, students at North Baltimore High
Schools will be given permission to use their personal electronic devices in
Students will be allowed to use their smart
phones, tablets or e-readers for two weeks, with restrictions. The catch is:
they can only be used for educational purposes.
Like many schools across the country, North
Baltimore is looking into adding digital technology into their curriculum.
"We want to be contenders in the world of
education, and we feel like we need to move ahead and make sure our students
are equipped with the things that we need," said Superintendent Marlene North. "And
we're hopefully allowing them to use their own devices so that we don't have to
provide the hardware for that to happen."
No social media use will be allowed on the
devices, and areas within the school will be color-coded for use: green for
free use, yellow for use with permission, and red for no use at all.
"We're truly counting on our students to make
those good educational choices, so that they can utilize that equipment that
they're so familiar with," North said.
Students said they are excited with the news.
"I think it's a good idea, because it kind of
gives you access to other options when computers and everything aren't
available," said Senior Alison Flores.
At the end of the test period, teacher will
debrief with administration on how the program went, what they feel worked, and
what needs improved. They will then begin developing their digital curriculum
that could be integrated as early as next school year.