“ We teach students first, and we want the needs of the students to be met.”
That’s the heart of the concept for Xavier High School’s Bring Your Own Device Program.
Bring Your Own Device Program or BYOD is a program that requires students to bring a laptop to school to work on classroom assignments and group work.
“I think it’s really helpful," said Xavier junior Levi O'Brien. "I find myself being a lot more organized and not missing so many assignments.”
Students use a website called haiku that lists assignments all in one place. Teachers can post updates and homework. They can also work on group work – even from home.
Another website – Odyssey -- helps with math classes.
Students can go at their own pace with lessons and get multiple ways to solve the problem.
“You can go on different cites and see what their opinions are and different ways that can help you, instead of just one general way to help you," said junior Normay Erimas
Math teacher—Walter Blank says this is a more flexible and proactive way of learning.
“So if we have a student who needs to catch up a little bit, we want that. And if we have a student that’s moving right along we don’t want to hold them back, so this program really gives us a chance to address both ends of that spectrum."
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