- What is BYOD?
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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to School
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a program that allows staff and students to use their personal device for CCPS sanctioned activities and to connect to the Internet for instructional activities. This pilot will take place at selected schools during the 2015–16 School Year.
The BYOD pilot for the 2015–16 school year is being implemented at the following eight schools:
• Arthur Middleton Elementary School
• Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School
• J.P. Ryon Elementary School
• Benjamin Stoddert Middle School
• General Smallwood Middle School
• Thomas Stone High School
• Henry E. Lackey High School
• Robert D. Stethem Educational Center
Guidelines for Students
Students are permitted to carry personal communication devices with them during the school day. They must be turned off or in silent mode at all times. These devices may not disrupt instructional times. Instructional time is defined as from the start to the end of a class period.
Students are permitted to carry personal communication devices with them during the school day. They must be turned off at all times unless approved for instructional use. These devices should be put away in a pocket, notebook, or locker. Students may use their personal communication devices before or after school hours in secondary schools.
Students are permitted to carry personal communication devices to and from school. The devices may not disrupt instructional times and should be put away in a backpack or locker when not in use. Students may not use their personal communication devices before or after school hours, while on school property. The devices should not be visible on the school bus or at the bus stop. Students may not use their personal communication devices during lunch, recess, or hallway/transition times. During the school day all communication devices must be turned off at all times unless approved for instructional use. Instructional time is defined as from the start to the end of a class period.
Students are expected to follow the Code of Student Conduct and Charles County Public Schools Acceptable Usage Agreement at all times. Individuals will be permitted to use personal technology devices in accordance with related CCPS policies. Failure to comply with these policies may result in the temporary or permanent revocation of use privileges, in addition to any other disciplinary action that may be taken. CCPS is not responsible for lost or damaged devices.
What is a BYOD?
your own device (BYOD) is a program that allows staff and students to use their
personal device for CCPS sanctioned activities and connect to the Internet for
instructional activities if approved by the Superintendent. This program will be
piloted at select schools during the 2013–14 School Year.
Use of Devices in BYOD Schools
What are the benefits of a BYOD Program?
• Fosters student ownership of his/her learning
• Students and teachers have real time access to information using personal devices
• Smooth transition between home and school
• Increases student access to online instructional materials
• Allows for personalized learning
• Increases access by supplementing school resources and equipment
What software will be needed on my child’s computer?
No software needs to be purchased.
Will my child need to have a signed Acceptable Usage Agreement on file?
Yes. Each principal/designee will ensure that signed CCPS parent permission forms (Code of Student Conduct/Acceptable Usage Agreement) are collected and are on file for student device(s) to be used. Signing these documents indicates that the student and parent/guardian have read and understand the expectations of the Charles County Public School System.
When can my child use his/her personal device at school?
Students may use their personal devices in class as instructed by the teacher. It is not expected that a teacher will need students to bring devices every day, and CCPS will not mandate that students provide their own technology at school. Individuals may use personal technology devices only when approved by a teacher or an administrator.
Liability/Security/Theft/Damage and Content Filtering
Who is responsible for personal devices?
What if a device is stolen, lost or damaged when brought to school?
Who should be contacted about this?
Students are responsible for the security of the devices they bring to school; teachers and other staff will not store student devices. It is always a good idea to record the device's serial number to have in case of theft. CCPS is NOT responsible for the theft of a device; nor is CCPS responsible for damage done to the device while at school. If theft occurs, the student should contact a school administrator or school resource officer to make him/her aware of the situation.
Can students use another student's personal device?
Personally owned devices should only be used by the owner of the device.
Types of Personal Technology Devices and Accessories
What are acceptable BYODs?
(1) laptops, (2) netbooks, (3) tablets, (4) e-Readers, (5) smartphones, and (6) iPods.
Are there suggested accessories?
A padded bag or protective sleeve is suggested. A headset or ear buds with a microphone will be useful when accessing a website with audio and/or video. CCPS will not provide accessories for personal devices.
Will there be “charging stations” so my child’s electronic device can be recharged?
We anticipate that not every class will be using an electronic device in a lesson every day. Students are responsible to ensure that a personal device’s battery charge should be sufficient for use throughout the day. “Charging stations” will not be provided.
Are there any specifications for the type of laptop, netbook, tablet, or e-Reader my child may bring to school?
Buying a computer is a personal choice. Ultimately, each family will need to choose the device that works best for his/her child. Generally speaking, as long as the device is able to connect to a wireless network and access the Internet, this should suffice.
Expectations for Use
How can my child use his/her device during the school day?
Students will use their personal devices to complete in-class activities, check grades, collaborate with other students and teachers, complete homework, conduct research, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, and record journal entries and other approved instructional activities. Students should only bring personal devices for a specific use in classes where the teacher/school has permitted them. Unless otherwise noted, devices are not to be used in open areas (hallways, cafeteria, locker rooms, bathrooms, stairwells, etc.)
Will the personal device be required to use the School wireless network? Can 3G/4G service be accessed instead?
When performing CCPS activities, individuals will use a CCPS open wireless network, when applicable. 3G/4G service is not approved.
Will there be technical assistance provided to access the wireless network?
Since there are literally hundreds of devices that could be brought to school as part of the BYOD program, there is no technical assistance provided other than providing the name of the wireless connection. Students will be expected to know how to connect their devices.
What access is available to my child if he/she does not bring his/her own device?
Teachers frequently provide collaborative lessons which encourage students to work together, sharing information accessed through personal devices. When individual work is assigned, students may use computers and other devices located in classrooms and/or in the Media Center. A student’s learning experience or academic performance will not be affected because he or she does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school. CCPS is committed to ensuring equity in education for all of its students. Students are not required to provide a personal device for school use, even if they do own one. Use of personal electronic devices is optional. Keep in mind that learning can be enhanced greatly for the entire class even if only a handful of students have a device!
Security and Software Considerations
• All software on any personally owned computing device shall be properly licensed
• Device must have antivirus and a current web browser
• Free antivirus can include the following:
• Avast for Windows based operating systems
• Lookout Mobile for both Android and IOS based systems
• Students will not have the ability to print from their devices in school
• Voice, video and image capture applications are prohibited
• Wi-Fi password and login credentials are not to be shared
Principal/VP‘s will retain the master list of student devices with staff having read only access.
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