The Future Is Now! Drones Are Coming to Public Schools… But Are We Ready?

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During a recent meeting with a school district client they casually mentioned they were using a "drone." Surprised, I asked “Why… to mercilessly bomb al-Qaida strongholds with Graham crackers?" Ignoring my attempt at humor, my client explained that a staff member was using a personal drone to photograph a construction project. Then it dawned on me that many other government agencies, including law enforcement and fire protection, have been using drones for some time. But a public school? Sure, this marvelous technology could be incorporated into a science or vocational curriculum, but what else? Together, we considered how drones could be used for surveillance, coaching, workplace safety and infrastructure assessments. School employees using drones, what could possibly go wrong?… Plenty!

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