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Robinson High sophomore Marlin Jacobson says ,?€œThe Bring Your Own Device Policy is a good way for students to be able to do their work from their phones.Photo Credit: Isabel Giovannetti

That's what we said: The bring your own device policy

During the 2014-2015 year, Hillsborough County public schools began a district-wide policy known as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Through this initiative, students are permitted to use their own electronic devices at school for educational purposes. They also have the ability to connect to free wireless internet pr …


  1. Bethany Hamilton talks surf and overcoming obstacles


    Surfing had always been in Bethany Hamilton's blood. Her father, Thomas, and mother, Cherilyn, surfed, and even her older brothers, Noah and Timothy, seemed to both have a proclivity toward the sport. Surfing was something she was born to do, and for Bethany, there was never a reason to second-guess, let alone fear, …

    Bethany Hamilton, 13, rides a wave during the National Scholastic Surfing Association tournament in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2004. It was her first competition after losing her left arm in a shark attack.
  2. Things to do in Tampa Bay over summer


    Why waste away the summer on the couch? Avoid the monotony by checking out some of Tampa Bay's coolest sights. We've compiled a list of our favorite local landmarks, from metropolitan museums to hidden beaches. Whether you want to explore the coast, wander through wilderness or experience a downtown vibe, we've got the …

    Take a stroll along Riverwalk in downtown Tampa [Frankie Wilson photo] 
  3. Summer bucket-list for incoming seniors


    Okay juniors, at the beginning of next year, you're gonna be drowning in schoolwork and trying to compose essays for those lengthy college applications. Fortunately, you've got about four months before the terrifying college apps process starts, and you need to make the best of them.

    Make sure to cross ‘Slumber Party’ from your list this summer.
  4. The not-so-obvious reasons to study abroad


    Three thousand, six hundred feet in the air, red-faced and panting, I finally figured it out. It only took me four months across the sea, jumping from plane to train, climbing up rocks and wiping sweat from my brow to figure it out: I had to leave to find myself.

    Katie Lamont hikes Montserrat, a multipeaked mountain near Barcelona.
  5. Teens, help out as a volunteer this summer


    Summer is fast approaching, and many of us have absolutely no idea what we are going to do with our lives for all those months. If you are running short on ideas, why not use all that free time to give back to the community and begin making your impact on the world? There are a number of volunteer opportunities …

    As a Carrollwood Day School senior, John Frost took up volunteering for Tampa’s Ronald McDonald House.
  6. 10 things you should do over summer break


    Summer isn't all about rest and relaxation. Summer is also a time to give back to the community, help others and get ready for the future.

    1 Some community service.

    ht_341282_vrag_privatizeparks_03 of  (07/15/11 Weeki Wachee) A veiw of Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. After hundreds showed up at a public hearing to protest the Honeymoon Island plan, a big chunk of the services provided to visitors at Florida's state parks is being privatized without opposition. A Brevard County company, three-year-old Cape Leisure Corp., founded by Daniel LeBlanc, took over the restaurant, cafe, gift shop, canoe and kayak rental operations at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. [ WILL VRAGOVIC, Times]
  7. Try your hand at volunteering this summer


    For those who regard summer break as not only a time to relax, but also to give back to society, here are four places in in Tampa where high school students can volunteer.

    MOSI is at 4801 E Fowler Ave. in Tampa.
  8. Open a book, just for the fun of it


    Most students are required to labor over several English books during the steamy summer months, but reading just for fun can be a thrilling escape from the torpor of June and July. Not quite sure what novels to hit up next? Read below to discover titles that match your mood. If you're feeling particularly….

    A …

    A stack of books.
  9. Tips for staying healthy over summer vacation


    With the school year quickly coming to an end and final exams around the corner, stress levels are at an all-semester high. Summer is within reach but lack of sleep and busy schedules can leave students feeling lethargic, overwhelmed and sick. Thankfully, nature has a solution to students' stress: fresh produce.

    Maddie (left) and Bailey Sullivan at the Market at Hyde Park, held the first Sunday of each month. You can buy everything from specialty grilled cheese to fresh coconut and green smoothies there.
  10. How well do you know your slang?


    Are your eyebrows "on fleek?" Is your "OTP" Big Sean and Ariana Grande? (Spoiler alert: They broke up weeks ago. You're "low key" super late if "UOENO." If you answered "yaasss" you might know a little somethin' somethin' but "no flex zone." If you have no idea what's being said, keep reading!

    Florida's texting-while-driving ban, enacted Oct. 1, 2013, has proved of little value, with few citations.   (Times file)