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Also during its meeting Thursday night, the Forsyth County Board of Education was presented with a timeline and communication plan for the 2013-14 school year. The proposed calendar will be posted online Oct. 12 for community feedback after local school councils, the board, cabinet members and principals review it. The final version will then be presented Nov. 8 for approval Nov. 15.

The Bring Your Own Technology program has been so successful in Forsyth County schools, officials needed a way to manage nationwide requests to visit the system and learn how technology is improving students' access to education tools.

“We felt like we needed to organize a little bit more,” said Jill Hobson, the system’s director of instructional technology.

During its meeting Thursday, the local school board heard from Hobson about the tour schedule, and a special three-day technology site visit program called Breaking Barriers.

The program will run March 6 to 8 and will take visitors through all the system's programs using technology to communicate with parents and students.

Highlights will include: the system's use of eBoard paperless agendas and planning; white boards; virtual worlds; digital curriculum; and R4 Data Dashboard, the system's interactive data tool.

Breaking Barriers will cost $250 to cover expenses.

For those wanting a free technology tour, three dates have been established for the school year.

The first, slated for September, has 120 people signed up and is “already full,” Hobson said.

The second tour in November has 50 registered. The last tour will be in April.

For more information, go online at www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/byottours.