Forsyth County Schools, the ninth largest school system in Georgia, and Discovery Education announced today an expansion of their partnership. This expansion supports Forsyth County Schools’ nationally recognized Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program, which encourages students to bring their personal technology tools to school for learning.
Forsyth County Schools began its BYOT initiative several years ago. The initial pilot phase for BYOT involved 40 teachers in seven schools who explored innovative uses for students' technology tools through the 4 C's of Digital Age Learning - Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking. Over time, teachers have also developed strategies to address the following issues: equity of devices, responsible use, and classroom management. Now, BYOT is supported in every school within the district, and as devices and tools continue to change, new instructional skills and strategies are evolving to promote their use.
Since 2001, Forsyth County Schools have used Discovery Education Streaming to transform teaching and learning in classrooms district-wide. However, beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Forsyth will begin implementing Discovery Education Streaming Plus in all district classrooms as part of an effort to have students use their personal technology devices in school for collaboration, research, problem solving, content creation and more.