Dist. 1 embraces 'BYOD' concept
COAL CITY — On any given day, students roaming Coal City High School's halls or sitting in classrooms can now be spotted with smart phones, tablets and laptops in tote.
The flurry of devices is the result of the newly implemented "Bring Your Own Device" policy put into place as Coal City Community Unit District 1 officials move toward complete implementation of its 1:1 program, which seeks to match students with devices like tablets or Google Chromebooks at a ratio of roughly one device per student.
Principal Mitch Hamann said the policy was officially rolled out to students Sept. 19 after administrators met with students to discuss its purpose and held a program to register the devices. Hamann said he didn't initially expect all 600-plus students to come that week bringing laptops, but the program did draw student interest, with many stopping by to pick up forms to register their devices.
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