PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board gave first reading yesterday to a new e-reader policy for Georgia Morse Middle School. Principal Troy Wiebe told the board Monday that there have been only a few requests in recent years by students to use the e-Reader devices like Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes and Noble’s Nook and Sony’s Reader. He says he turned those requests down, but said he would like a policy in place that would dictate the acceptable use of such devices in the future. The board looked over an e-Reader use agreement yesterday which would permit dedicated eReaders, but would exclude devices that provide unfiltered links to the internet like the Apple iPod Touch, iPad and others. Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says based on the proposed policy, students using the devices would have to sign an acceptable use agreement-as would their parents.
Those who use the devices in a manner not acceptable to the school would lose the privilege to have the eReader at school. Glodt says changes in technology will keep school officials revisiting the use of certain devices in the future.
Wiebe told the board that there have only been two requests to use the devices in the last few years.
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