Isle of Wight students face new tech restrictions this year

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

While students were off this summer, school divisions have been turning classrooms into high-tech learning hubs or refining rules that govern cyberspace use in school.

In Isle of Wight County, which launched a $1.2 million, three-year initiative that put an iPad in every high school student's hands last year, officials have worked to iron out kinks identified by students, teachers, and parents.

This year, students' access to games, social media and instant messaging will be more restricted, said School Superintendent Katrise Perera. Teachers will get more training and be expected to use the digital devices routinely in class. The technology department has overhauled the division's computer network, replacing aged servers and tripling the division's broadband capabilities.

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