BYOD Program

Expectations

We are committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. Therefore, we are piloting a new initiative which will aid in this goal. In the future, we will be working towards allowing all students and staff to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc) during the school day.  But, in order to ensure that we are successful in implementing a Bring Your Own Device initiative, we first plan to pilot this.

With classroom teacher approval, students will be able use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students for educational purposes that enhance the classroom experience. Many schools across the nation are implementing Bring Your Own Device programs for their students and staff and are meeting with great success. By allowing students to use their own technology at school, we are hoping to increase the access all students have to technology they need to succeed.

We believe, at this time, most of our Hopedale students have access to their own devices and we are attempting to incorporate strategies to ensure every student has access to online resources.   Particular applications accessed by a web browser, like Google Docs, eliminates the need to have specific software loaded onto every student computer, which now allows students to access school applications from their own device.  In addition, cloud based computing allows students to access their information from any computer with a web browser.  We believe that 21st Century Learning requires students to be information producers rather than information consumers, self-directed learners, and collaborative team players.  We believe access to technology and our initiative to allow students to bring their own devices will aid our students in achieving this.  We also plan to work with students who may not have access to their own device to ensure they have access to a school issued device throughout the day.


Guidelines

BYOD is an acronym for Bring your Own Device. For BYOD, a “device” is a privately owned laptop, tablet computing device, netbook, notebook, e-Reader, iPod touch (or similar), or cell/smart phone. For the purposes of this program, the term “device” also includes any similar product owned by Hopedale and provided for student use.

Hopedale Public Schools is pleased to be able to offer our BYOD pilot classroom students access to computer technology, including access to the Internet as well as our Hopedale applications and information technology network.

Pilot students will be able to use their devices to access the internet and network resources through the BYOD wireless network. This network will provide filtered internet access as well as access to some other District systems and resources. Any and all access through the wireless network may be monitored for the purposes of network security and student safety.

The district’s information technology resources, including applications and internet access, are provided for educational purposes. Adherence to the following agreement is necessary for students to participate in the BYOD pilot.

Guidelines and Information:

Suggestions about what device to bring:  We believe this depends on the classes students have, the projects on which they are working, and the manner in which each student best works.  Teachers will be providing students with direction about what type of device is best in their classroom.

Charging:  It is the responsibility of the student to bring their device to school charged. Many teachers will be willing to allow students to charge their devices in their classrooms when they are not being used and a student brings their own charging cord.

1. In order to utilize the Hopedale network (specifically Internet access and related applications) as well as participate in the BYOD instructional program, students and a parent or legal guardian must review and sign the Responsible Use Agreement. This will be considered a legally binding agreement.

2. The student is responsible for the condition of the device brought to school, including updates, antivirus software, repair, loss, damage, or theft of a personally owned device.

3. Personal devices should be charged and recharged outside of school, unless specific permission is granted. Personal devices should be capable of lasting a full day without recharging.

4. Device use in classrooms is limited exclusively to students participating in the BYOD instructional program unless directly differently by their classroom teacher.

5. Students may not use any device or service for non-educational purposes during school hours, unless granted permission by a school administrator or teacher.

6. Students must use the District’s wireless network when at school. Students may not use a cell phone or service provider’s data network (3G, 4G, LTE, etc.) or any other wired or wireless network other than the district’s network.

7. Hopedale is not responsible for any data charges that a student may incur from a service provider as a result of not following policy of only using the BYOD network while at school.

8. As part of the BYOD instructional program, teachers will indicate when devices can and cannot be used.  Students will observe and follow these procedures at all times while at school.

9. No device, personal or otherwise, may be used to record, store, or transmit any type of image, sound, or video from Hopedale, except for approved projects with the express permission of the teacher.

10. Hopedale Public Schools is not responsible for troubleshooting or assisting with personal device issues and/or software.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of devices will students be allowed to use in this program?
    • Laptops (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux), tablets, and mobile phones/ipods* are permitted and will be able to be used.
      • *Mobile phones are up to the classroom teacher whether they will or will not be permitted.
  • What will the students be using the devices for?
    • The use of devices will be different in every classroom, it is up to the teacher how they will be used or if they will be used during any particular class.
    • Examples of how the devices may be used:
      • Note taking, researching, project work, collaboration, reviewing or following along with a presentation, writing papers or working on problems.
  • What happens if a student’s device is lost, damaged or stolen during school use?
    • The district is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen student devices.  Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported to a teacher or building administrator.
  • Will there be any specific software used with the BYOD program?
    • Any software used in the program will be cloud-based and district-owned to ensure compatibility for all students regardless of the device they are using.
    • Examples of software that may be used:
      • Google Drive/Docs (Email, Documents, Sheets, Slides)
      • Smart Suite (Students can follow along and collaborate with what is on the smartboard, may be used for class surveying, quizzing, polling as well)
      • Google Classroom
  • Are students expected to follow the AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) while on their own devices?
    • The intended use of the BYOD pilot program is for instructional/educational purposes only.  All students must adhere to the same rules listed in the Hopedale Public Schools AUP on their own devices as well as any rules listed in the BYOD Policy.
    • Students are required to turn off and/or put away their devices if instructed to do so by their teacher.
  • If a student is in a pilot classroom, can they use their device in a class that is not participating in the pilot program?
    • Use of a student device outside of the BYOD pilot classrooms are to be used in accordance with the AUP.
  • Will there be any technology support available for a student’s device?
    • Instructions will be provided for students to connect to the network.  A form will be available for students to fill out if they are having any account issues while using their device.  Technology support for student devices beyond the instructions is not available for student devices.  Teachers may be able to assist students with minor issues that may be occurring such as assisting with connecting to the wireless network.
  • Do students have access to wireless connectivity on their devices?  Are they protected and filtering?
    • All students have access to the wireless network at Hopedale Public Schools.  All students grade 7-12 use their network (computer) credentials to connect to the wireless network.  Elementary students in the pilot program will be provided with login credentials to connect to the wireless on their devices.
    • All internet access at the Hopedale Public Schools is protected, filtered, and monitored.  Students should adhere to all guidelines listed in the Acceptable Use Policy for all internet connectivity.
  • Can students print from their own devices?
  • What happens if a student’s battery runs out in their device while at school?
    • Secure charging stations will be set up for students to leave their device in to charge and protect them from any damage or theft.  Teachers may also allow students to plug their device in while using it in the classroom to charge.  It is the student’s/parent’s responsibility to charge their device before bringing it into school for use.
  • Are district devices available if a student elects to not bring their own device or their device is not usable?
    • If a classroom is using technology in a way that it is required for students to participate or learn properly, district devices will be available for students to use in the case that they are not participating in the BYOD or do not have access to their device.
    • Is it not required that students bring their own device, the program is voluntary.
  • Can student devices be used during testing/assessments?
    • Student devices should not be used during any testing or assessments unless permitted by the classroom teacher.  Student devices may not be used for any state testing purposes.
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