By James Feichtner
With technology being implemented in almost every facet of our lives, its not surprising that more and more electronic devices are being implemented into schools’ classrooms and curriculum. Such is the case for Hamilton Southeastern Schools as well. While devices have been implemented into many of the schools in HSE’s districts through their HSE21 program, this school year will mark a big change their high school curriculum.
Starting in the 2015-16 school year, Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern High School will begin their year with the Bring Your Own Device program. Students will either be required to bring a device from their home that they already own, or have the option to rent a device from the school.
Hamilton Southeastern High School Principal Matthew Kegley believes that the implementation of the BYOD program will help improve learning in both inside and outside of the classroom.
“I think it increases the opportunity for us to take advantage of more independent learning,” Kegley said. “More for teachers to take the opportunity to make the use of preparation outside the classroom so that they come in the classroom really focused on what the topic is.”
Another benefit Kegley believes is that students will have much easier access to technology.
“One of the things that I think is going to be great is that it increases accessibility,” Kegley explained. “We have several computer labs in this building, but nowhere near enough if we all wanted to use the computer labs at the same time, but now [students]have a device. If [students]want to work on a research paper [they]don’t have to worry about having to go find a media lab or having to go find a computer that may or may not be available. Now [they]just find a space and just start working.”
Devices must have at least a nine inch screen or larger and can either be a laptop or tablet of any brand. Rental price for a device is $125 per year and includes an Apple iPad 16GB with a charging cord, case and insurance.
For more information, visit http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/academics/hse21/