CORNEILUS, N.C. -- Charlotte Mecklenburg middle school students are being asked to bring their smartphones and iPads to school.
No, not to play video games, but to learn. It’s part of the system’s B.Y.O.T. pilot program or Bring Your Own Technology to School.
“It’s really fun,” said seventh grader Ali Worland from Bailey Middle School in Corneilus. “Because we only had two computers in here and we’d have to take turns, and it took forever,” she said.
One of the teachers using B.Y.O.T. at Bailey Middle calls it a huge success.
“One of the biggest things I’ve been able to see, is that it’s motivational,” said Sean Hannum, who teaches science and math at the middle school.
“It’s s not just throwing them iPads and saying 'do whatever you want to do.' You give them the criteria and a little bit of direction and even students who wouldn't normally do something in class, they're motivated to do something on here,” he said.
Right now the students in seventh grade are learning about the skeletal system. They made diagrams, posted music and quizzed each other.
NBC Charlotte also learned how B.Y.O.T. can be adapted at home as well.
“Think of it as a teacher in your pocket,” said Hannum. He suggested websites like Khan Academy, Discovery Ed, Voki and Glogster. It’s all part of a push for students to one day be go paperless.
“It’s the new ay to learn, “ said Emma Gonzalez. “It’s a lot better, easier, fun and faster."