WSFCS starting ‘Bring Your Own Device’ initiative this fall

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Figuring out how to make do with less is a problem educators in North Carolina have faced for years, especially when it comes to textbooks.

That's one reason why many teachers have shifted to online learning resources and digital textbooks.

Principal Brad Royal says Jefferson Middle School currently has two iPad carts and seven computer carts. This year, students will also be allowed to use their own devices in the classroom.

"We're initiating what we call a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ initiative. We worked with it some last year with some of our teachers and it's very successful," said Royal. "Children today are much different. Even my own children, they've had some sort of electronic device in their hand since they were very little."

Royal says tablets enhance the curriculum and engage students more.

However, there is still a need for textbooks. That's where the Educator Warehouse comes in.

"Not only do we have pens, pencils and book bags. We also have lots of curriculum," said Karel Chandler, a volunteer at the Educator Warehouse.

Forsyth County teachers can make reservations to come to the Educator Warehouse to get textbooks for free.

"Obviously we have our state standards that we have to go by, but this is a great source for them to get other information. They can look in some of our older textbooks, pull out practice pages and copy them for our kids," said Chandler.

Everything at the Educator Warehouse is donated by the community and retired teachers, but Royal says public schools could use more help from the state.

"Whether it's textbooks or whether it's workbooks or whether it's devices, our children need resources. They need those resources to make learning come alive so that they can become productive and effective 21st century citizens," said Royal.

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