Area school districts are on the verge of allowing students to bring and use electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops in the classroom — and one district is already there.
“Bring your own devices,” as the effort is called by educators, hasn’t yet been implemented in Meriden, Wallingford or Southington, but Cheshire recently made the change in its middle and high schools. And all four school systems say there’s value in allowing students to bring familiar devices for research or note-taking.
The Meriden Board of Education expects to have a policy on student devices up for a vote by late winter, according to Assistant School Superintendent Michael Grove.
“Schools are reviewing the policy and making some changes,” he said.