If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
Variations of that have been making the rounds seemingly forever.
It takes on a new wrinkle as Collier County Public Schools works on incorporating personal technology — iPhones, tablets and the like — with the learning process.
Until recently these digital communication devices have been viewed as a distraction and something to ban in the classroom.
It is clear now that embracing technology as a learning aid beats trying to keep it away or locked up.
The point that so many students and their families insist on carrying portable devices speaks to their importance for communicating in all kinds of situations.
School system officials know the devices are being used on campus because of high traffic on Wi-Fi systems from devices other than those owned by school personnel.
With all that in mind, 38 Collier County Public School staff members traveled to Atlanta for a conference on effective inclusion of personal devices into the curriculum. Collier wants to see what others have tried — what’s working and what isn’t? — before forging ahead.
Sounds great to us.
With one proviso a vital one for our public schools:
All students must have access to the high-tech devices if they are going to be standard classroom tools. Those students who are unable to bring their own smart-phone or tablet from home must have equipment provided, much the same as schools now provide textbooks to all students.