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Students At Linton-Stockton Can Continue To Use Electronic Devices

Last updated on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

(UNDATED) - Linton-Stockton School Corporation board trustees and administrators like what they see so far of March’s experiment allowing students limited use of cell phones and personal data electronic gear.

Hence, they'll continue it until classes dismiss for summer.

Mark Stalcup of the Greene County Daily World reported that while the school system previously had a zero tolerance policy toward electronic equipment such as iPhones and iPods being used in school, the policy was relaxed this month to see how things went.

The change comes in response to discussions begun last October by the school corporation's Technology Committee which sought to address increasing student reliance upon the technology.

Students can use the devices before and after school, during their passing period, and during lunch time, according to Superintendent Nick Karazsia. During class, the devices must be turned off. However, should the devices prove beneficial to classwork, such as the use of electronic search engines, they may be used - but only with a teacher's permission.

Also, the devices cannot infringe on the school's limited Wi-Fi capacity, which Karazsia says is presently incapable of handling all students using their devices at once. Likewise, use of the devices for course work cannot use up students' own data plans.

Trustees voted unanimously 5-0 to continue the experiment through the end of school - with the understanding if the devices become amused, permission can be withdrawn at any time.

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