New tools needed for school in Wake County?

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August 16, 2013 3:11:39 PM PDT
The items that students are supposed to keep out of sight during the school day could soon be encouraged at Wake County schools.

School leaders are thinking about letting students bring electronic devices from home to use in the classrooms.

The idea was presented to the Wake County School Board this week. Other school districts have already implemented the policy that allows students to bring iPads, tablets, and laptops to class.

Some parents say being able to use the electronics at an early age is a skill that could pay off in the classroom.

"I think it could be a great tool for kids, for education. I think it could be a good thing so long as the right policies are in place so they aren't abusing it," David Grescham said.

Other parents have their doubts.

"I understand the idea behind what they're wanting to do, but I also think there's going to be a lot of kids left behind if they don't have access to those," said Stacie DeGroote.

School board officials said that is something they are taking into consideration. They also said they are looking at technical aspects such as whether schools have enough bandwidth to handle the increased traffic.

Many aspects of the proposed policy change still need further exploration. One board member told ABC11 he expects it would be at least a couple months before the idea goes any further.

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