Posted by Jennifer van der Kleut
Fairfax County Public Schools has been named winner of a 2013 Governor’s Technology Award for Innovative Use of Technology in Education thanks to its Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, initiative.
Maribeth Luftglass, the school system's assistant superintendent and chief information officer, accepted the award.
Fairfax schools encourage students to bring in their own devices — including laptops, netbooks, tablets and smartphones — "with the intent to increase student access to online digital instructional resources in the classroom," according to a news release.
Doing to can allow for "increased creativity, communication, and instructional innovation" in classrooms, the release states.
Nationally, the use of smartphones and other gadgets in the classroom is on the rise.
For information on how to register a device and answers to frequently asked questions, click here to visit the Fairfax County Public Schools website.
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