Students weigh in on new tech policy

By Lindsay Carey
Staff Writer
Southington High School student representatives shared the student body’s satisfaction with the Board of Education regarding the new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
The new technology policy, implemented at the high school this year, allows students to use their own electronic devices in the cafeteria and in the library.
The Board of Education had their first read through of the policy at its last board meeting.
This year’s student representatives James Brino, Christopher Iverson and Elizabeth Veilleux gave their first address to the board at the meeting, speaking enthusiastic about the new policy.
Brino suggested that the new policy is simply more realistic for today’s tech savvy student.
“At home when you’re sitting there doing homework you always have your cell phone or your iPad or your computer out,” said Brino. “Let’s say you need to look up a word in the dictionary you don’t really want to go get a big book and look up a definition anymore you want to go to”
Besides looking up words, Brino said that the devices come in handy for looking up conversions while doing math homework.
He also mentioned that it will help keep students out of trouble now they that they are permitted to use their phones in designated areas of the school.
“A lot of kids would use their cell phone anyways and get in trouble,” said Brino.
Veilleux also raved about the new policy and said that other students she had talked to spoke highly of the program.
“A lot of us have so much homework all the time and we have so much going on that we need to be able to use our phones,” said Veilleux. “It’s 2014. Since [the technology] is available to us, it’s great that we actually get to use it.”
Veilleux also said that students being able to use their phones can be “extremely helpful when we have to organize ourselves and get ourselves ready for the next day.”
Board of Education members Patricia Queen, Terry Lombardi, Colleen Clark and Brian Goralski all said that they were glad to hear that students find the BYOD helpful.
Lombardi described their enthusiasm about the new BYOD policy as “music to our ears.”
However, they also expressed a desire for feedback from the student representatives on how the policy could be improved.
Queen suggested requested that the student representatives look over the policy before the next board meeting.
“I would be curious to see if there’s anything on there that jumps out at you as something we may have missed or doesn’t make sense to you in terms of how technology is being used,” said Queen.
Clark asked that the student representatives look for any “loopholes” in the policy that the board may not be aware of.
“We’re trying to come up with the policy, but you’re the ones that live this,” said Clark.
Lombardi and Goralski also publically acknowledge Karen Veilleux, whose daughter is a student representative, for suggesting this policy to the board in her role as Director of Technology. Veilleux is now stepping down from her position and will be going to work for Wallingford.
“You made this a reality for us, you led this board in technology for many years and we will miss you,” said Goralski.Cell Phone School

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