Batavia schools to allow personal laptops and smart phones

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - Batavia Local Schools will soon incorporate a pilot program that will allow students to bring their personal laptops and smart phones into the classroom.

"We'd like to get to that one to one point where each student has their own device," said Batavia School Director of Technology, Jason Shoemake.

Those for the proposal say it puts the district on the cutting edge of the information highway and saves the district money.

"Overall I don't think it would be a bad thing as long as they are used for school," said parent Lisa Bourque.

Those against the proposal have concerns that students will take advantage of the privilege by testing, or surfing the web.

"They're kids. Its not like putting the keys to (my) truck in their hand, but at the same time, there's just a lot of those things, the Internet and those kinds of things, that maybe they shouldn't be on," said parent Troy Davis.

Opponents also worry that teachers won't be able to monitor students effectively.

The district will test the "Bring Your Own Technology" program with a small sample group  before rolling out the program to the entire student body in the middle and high schools.

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