Personal devices given access to District 11’s wireless network

Beginning this fall, secondary students in Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 can use personal devices such as laptops, netbooks, tablets and smartphones to access the district’s wireless network during the school day.

The effort is part of Anoka-Hennepin’s four-year technology plan calling for increased wireless access and its commitment to creating a 21st century learning environment which maximizes technology.

On instructor approval, students will be able to use their devices as an educational tool in the classroom.

Students will have greater access to district resources such as:

• Online grades.

• A-H Apps (Google Docs for Anoka-Hennepin schools).

• eResources,

• Moodle classroom and/or teacher websites.

• District subscriptions (e.g. Discovery Education and Atomic Learning).

The new technology initiative will help foster digital citizenship among students in Anoka-Hennepin schools as instructors demonstrate proper etiquette techniques.

Superintendent Dennis Carlson said the increased access will also prepare students.

“In our ever-increasing digital world, this is a great opportunity for students to become familiar with the endless possibilities of technology,” Carlson said.

“But even more importantly, they will learn that technology is a means to enhance learning.”

The district planned the initiative for a year to ensure that students would be properly trained and meet the acceptable use guidelines.

According to David Treichel, technology facilitator, students who do not have personal wireless devices will not be at a disadvantage because teachers will not require their use in completing required assignments.

Teachers will also determine whether or not students can use them in their classes or for specific activities, Treichel said.

For additional information and guidelines that apply to specific grade levels, visit the Anoka-Hennepin School District website at www.anoka.k12.mn.us/ahmobile.

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