WINFIELD, W.Va. -- Putnam County Schools has implemented a BYOD, "or bring your own device" pilot program in all of its schools this year, and school Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said he hopes the policy will be fully implemented by the end of the year.
Datacom, a Cincinnati-based IT consulting firm that has partnered with Putnam County Schools since February, will be responsible for developing a cloud-based curriculum for schools based on teacher recommendations.
Cloud-based curricula are entirely online, rather than saved to a hard drive or CD, and will allow students to access e-Books, course materials and online reference tools.
"We're currently working with each building to determine how they want to pilot it -- whether they want to build a team of teachers, or choose a couple of teachers from different curricular focuses," said Mary Hodge, a project manager for Datacom. "But those teachers will be on a BYOD pilot team.
"We'll spend the first nine weeks building the foundation of that, which will be building communication for parents and students, learning Google apps, and trying to identify what some of the challenges are going to be."
According to Hatfield, the pilot will allow the teachers to understand and establish guidelines for technology use in the classroom, including what devices will be acceptable for students and how the use of those devices will best serve different subject areas.
"I don't think there will be textbooks five years from now -- certainly 10 years from now," Hatfield said. "We're already seeing that, or at least textbooks as we've come to know them."