Bay District Schools Standing By Bring Your Own Device

PANAMA CITY - Bay County schools will be sticking with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for now.

School board members approved the measure in 2012 allowing students to use iPads, cellphones, and laptops in their classrooms. Teachers still have the option whether their classroom will participate.

School officials say they are preparing for the digital transition by buying textbooks that have an online option.

"One of the things that we're doing already when we adopt an adoption series for a textbook, we're making sure there's a digital piece," said Tamra Hogue, Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services for Bay District Schools.

Hogue says the district is considering online options for their English curriculum and will move on to math, science, and history soon.

School district officials aren't sure when they will make the full transition to digital textbooks. They're looking to state legislators for additional funding for computers and other technology in the classroom.