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Bring Your Own Device: An Innovative Onalaska Program

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ONALASKA,WI (WXOW)--Onalaska Middle School students are often told to leave their electronic devices at home or in their lockers. But eighth graders at Onalaska Middle School will begin bringing them to class.

It's called BYOD or 'bring your own device,' and it's a new program that Onalaska eighth graders will be piloting.  The goal is to place web capable technology in the hands of each child, allowing them to participate in innovative classroom activities.

That includes everything from Tablets and Kindles to iPads, iPhones and even laptops--anything goes when it comes to this new program.

Onalaska Middle School Principal Jed Kees said, kids are digital consumers anyway so they want to teach them how to be responsible digital consumers.  

"With this opportunity they have a lot more guidance and opportunities for learning how to use them instead of after school or before school where a lot of kids may be going home to by themselves where they are operating with these things without any guidance," said Kees.

Principal Kees said the announcement of the program sparked a greater interest among his teachers on how they can use technology in their classrooms. Students are encouraged to bring their devices--but it's by no means required. The school will provide devices for students who do not have them.

The program will officially kick off on Tuesday, January 24th.

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