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Wake County schools to discuss BYOD and alcohol, drug prevention

Christian Washington (cq), 7, left, and Hanna Walker (cq), 7, work together using an iPad to learn facts about octopuses in Caroline Page's first grade class at Brier Creek Elementary on Monday Dec. 8, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Brier Creek is the first elementary school of the 13 pilot schools participating in Wake County's Bring Your Own Device program
Christian Washington (cq), 7, left, and Hanna Walker (cq), 7, work together using an iPad to learn facts about octopuses in Caroline Page's first grade class at Brier Creek Elementary on Monday Dec. 8, 2014 in Raleigh, NC. Brier Creek is the first elementary school of the 13 pilot schools participating in Wake County's Bring Your Own Device program newsobserver.com

The Wake County school board student achievement committee will discuss the Bring Your Own Device program and alcohol and drug use among students on Monday.

The meeting agenda includes a presentation on how 64 of Wake’s 171 schools now use a BYOD program in which students are encouraged to bring their laptop computers, tablets and smartphones for use in class. The program has expanded since 13 schools piloted the program last school year.

Students used to not be allowed to bring their smartphones to school. Then they were allowed to bring them but had to have them off during the school day. Now they’re allowed to take them out and use in class under teacher supervision.

The program has led to greater technology use in classrooms at a time when school budgets don’t have enough devices to give to all students. Teachers are saying BYOD is causing students to be more engaged in class.

The other agenda topic is the district’s alcohol and drug prevention and intervention efforts. Survey results from 2013 show Wake students are more likely than the rest of the state to use alcohol and marijuana in some areas and less in other areas.

Wake offers the ACE (Alternative Counseling Education) program lieu of long term suspensions for students with non- violent substance abuse issues that do not involve distribution and sale of substances.

The meeting will discuss Wake’s other prevention and intervention efforts.

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