Students Use Cell Phones and iPads for Class

7:42 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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Teens are scrolling, tapping, and sliding through class on their cell phones and iPads in Jenny Dykes' biology class but the students aren't texting or tweeting.

They're working on a virtual dissection. It's one of many lessons taught during the bring your own device program at Northside High School.

Jenny Dykes, a biology teacher at Northside said, "Bring Your Own Device is an initiative that select teachers in the school are participating in where students are allowed to use their devices, phones, tablets, laptops during certain parts of the lesson."

The program kicked off nearly a month ago at Northside High.

About 20 teachers are testing the program here before it goes schoolwide next year.

The approach is hands-on and gives students a chance to use the daily technology they are most familiar with inside the classroom.

Zhane Fuller, a 9th grader said, "It just kind of makes it easier for us to look at something and read something because we feel like we're not looking at a dreadful piece of paper, we're looking at a device that always catches our attention."

Fuller took part in the virtual dissection, pointing out parts of a frog for the class.

"It basically taught us the functions of the frog like what the bladder is for, the stomach, the small intestine and the large intestine," said Fuller.

The other students were able to pull up the virtual dissection by scanning a QR code, which pulls up the appropriate website.

Dykes said, "We could all go to the same place at the same time.

The students are really into it. It really keeps them engaged and I think there's just a lot of things that I don't even know about that we can do in the classroom with it."

Georgia is one of four states using the Bring your Own Device program. Of course, students aren't required to have a device.

The lessons are prepared in such a way that everyone can participate but the school is hoping that in future years, they can secure loaner tablets to help get everyone online.

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