CHARLOTTE – Two local schools have been picked to participate in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School’s first phase of its “Bring Your Own Technology” program, which allows students to connect smart phones, tablets and laptops to their school’s wireless network.

CMS picked Bailey Middle School and J.V. Washam Elementary, as well as three high schools, five middle schools and 11 elementary schools, based on a survey of teacher and student readiness.

“Bring Your Own Technology will allow our students to use their own devices at specified times during the school day to enhance their learning,” said CMS Superintendent Heath Morrison in an announcement.

Wireless access will begin in mid-October, with each school launching the initiative at different times.

Students will access the network through a special “guest” network that uses standard CMS-student filtering, said CMS Chief Information Officer Valerie Truesdale.

“Some schools have infrastructure that will allow many students to access the network at once,” Truesdale said. “Others will need to limit the number of students on the wireless network at any one time.”

For a full list of the school participating in the Bring Your Own Technology program, go online to