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School technology legislation moves on to Georgia Senate
February 24, 2012

Students in Georgia are one step closer to being able to use their smartphones and tablets in school.

According to a recent Gainesville Times report, the state House of Representatives unanimously approved HB 706, which lifts the statewide ban on smartphones and other mobile devices in the classroom. The bill will now move on to the Senate.

"It allows our students to have access to the content of the world," technology director for Hall County Schools Aaron Turpin told the news source.

Thanks to a five-year waiver from the state, Hall County Schools already uses smartphones, tablets and laptops in the classroom in place of encyclopedias and calculators, according to the report. If the bill passes through the Senate, all school districts throughout the state will have the option of launching similar initiatives.

Mobile devices are one way schools can improve their technology infrastructure, but there are other solutions to achieve this goal. For example, a document camera, an interactive whiteboard or an HDMI projector can boost student learning experiences.

The Gainesville Times report also noted that Representative Mike Dudgeon said the ban on such technology should have never reached this point. He told the news source that the state should trust local officials to determine rulings regarding changing technology.
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