A year after Hamilton County Schools officials unveiled an ambitious technology-for-all plan, teachers are one step closer to formally allowing students to bring their own smartphones, laptops and tablets into the classroom.

The school board's technology committee met Friday to review a new BYOD policy -- short for "bring your own device." At the discretion of teachers and principals, it allows students to connect their personal devices into the school system's network. The board will study the new procedures at its regular monthly meeting Thursday.

But even with approval, the policy doesn't quite open the doors to a technology free-for-all. First, school officials will have to finish ramping up wireless infrastructure and increasing bandwidth.

"It's going to take a considerable amount of planning," said Alan Walker, the school system's network engineer. "And it definitely takes having the wireless infrastructure in place before it can even be considered."

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