At Virginia Schools, Technology Makes Learning More Fun

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Search YouTube for "York County School Division Young Adult Literature Reviews" and you'll find 56 short videos of Grafton High School students talking about books they recommend to their peers.

The videos include still graphics, video of students giving their reviews and voice over summaries of the books. These tech savvy reviews — a reinvention of the classic book report — are just one example of how the York County School Division's Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative is changing the way students are learning.

York County schools piloted BYOT in the spring of 2011 before launching the initiative at all middle and high schools in the fall. Students can bring tech devices like iPads, iPods, laptops or smart phones.

BYOT expanded this school year to allow fifth grade elementary students to bring e-readers. In February the division began allowing third and fourth graders to also bring e-readers.

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