ARDMORE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's a new day at Ardmore High School. Tuesday was the first day of a new pilot program where students are encouraged to bring their own... Device, that is. In the past, students were advised not to bring electronic devices to school, but now they're not only being told to bring them but to use them.
A new way of learning opened today for students at Ardmore High School in Limestone County. Bring Your Own Device is a pilot program designed to advance both teaching and learning.
"We wanted out teachers to be able to explore different ways of teaching and our students, you know, when they go to college now every college classroom has some form of digital learning taking place. So we wanted to prepare them for that," says Ardmore High School Principal Tommy Hunter.
Teachers have been getting special instruction on how to integrate the devices into their classrooms and their courses of study. This is a spin-off of an on-going effort in Limestone County to get laptops or tablets into the hands of every student. But that's a six-year effort advancing up from elementary grade levels. This allows those already in high school to use digital devices in a classroom setting.
"They can log onto a secure server with their password that they have here at school and that way there's some accountability and they can use whatever device they have, their droid phone, their iphone, or laptop or any tablet they have," Hunter says.
One small step for a school, one giant leap into the future.
Workers are still installing the wi-fi equipment in the school. It's expected to be ready in the next few days.