As part of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program, all high school students are required to bring a personally-owned computing device to school for educational purposes. Thanks to the amazing recent upgrades to our network, we now have the ability to accommodate wireless access for every student on a device anywhere on campus, and we’re excited about how this will provide more opportunities for students to connect, collaborate, and create.
We want to empower students to become independent and engaged global learners. Using their own devices, they will learn how to access high quality instruction, develop and maintain a healthy online identity (including social networking), and reduce their environmental footprint (through the use of e-texts and less printing) in preparation for the challenges of college and beyond.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Locke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some helpful answers to questions you might have regarding this program:
BYOD Program FAQ
I. Benefits & General Use
What are the benefits of students bringing personally-owned computing devices to class?
- Fosters student ownership of their own 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
How will students use their devices in class?
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, record journal entries, and other approved instructional activities.
Will students be expected to use their devices both at school and at home?
Just as with traditional assignments, some assignments may need to be completed at home.
II. Specific Requirements
What devices will be acceptable?
PC laptops, Apple MacBooks, or tablets (mini iPad, iPad or android)
Note: While Google Chrome Books are allowed, since they do not have memory and do not permit downloads of applications, software, and content, they may have limited use in some classes.
What types of devices are excluded? Why?
Smartphones, e-readers (such as Kindle and Nook), and portable gaming devices (such as Nintendo 3DS, Nvidia Shield, and Sony Playstation Vita). While students may use smartphones and e-readers at the discretion of their teachers, these devices are not (on their own) adequate for their needs. Students will need a device with a screen size large enough to read e-texts, create documents (word, spreadsheets, presentations), and complete worksheets and online assessments in a timely manner. At times, some of these functions may need to be performed simultaneously.
Must devices be new or will currently-owned devices be acceptable?
Devices may be newly purchased or one that the family already owns. Please see specific recommendations below.
What are the required specifications for personally-owned computing devices?
- Wi-Fi capability – students need to be able to connect to the Linfield network
- Web browser capability – such as, Safari, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox
- Operating System – Windows 7 or 8, Mac OSX or better, Apple iOS 6 or better, Android 4.x or better (for tablets)
- Memory –
- Hard Drive (laptops) – 500GB or more
- Memory (laptops) 4GB or more
- Memory (iPads and tablets) – 16 GB or more
- Memory (Chromebooks) 16GB + Google Drive storage
- Battery – recommended extended battery or backup battery if necessary
- Keyboard – recommended for iPads and tablets
- Antivirus software strongly recommended
Students assume full responsibility for their personally owned technology devices. This includes the device’s safety, security, and maintenance. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft. Any time a theft occurs, the student should contact a school administrator to make him/her aware of the offense. Some devices have a device locator; parents and/or students are encouraged to enable this feature. Linfield will not be liable for any costs incurred related to the use of personal technology devices, including usage fees, upgrades, damages, and replacements.
B. Access to Network Resources
How will personally-owned computing devices connect to the internet?
Linfield provides a wireless network which students may connect to while using their devices on campus.
Will the device be protected with Internet Content Filtering?
To facilitate instruction and practice internet safety, Linfield’s internet connection is protected by a content filter that blocks certain websites. In order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Linfield deploys technology which blocks abusive, libelous, obscene, offensive, profane, threatening, sexually explicit, pornographic, illegal, or other inappropriate material. While students own the device, the network they are using belongs to the school, so Internet access will be filtered. Please note that devices with cellular data plans do not use Linfield’s internet connection and therefore do not use Linfield’s content filter. Use of a 3G or 4G service bypasses the security filter.
Can social media sites be blocked?
Social media sites can be blocked, but the positive use of social media outweighs the negatives. Linfield’s network will allow social media sites. Part of our goal is to teach students how to effectively use social media as well as critique its value and accuracy before students are left alone to use social media.
Will students be able to print documents from their personally-owned computing devices?
Students will not be able to access printers at LCHS from their personal computing devices.
Will teachers be responsible for troubleshooting and fixing students’ devices?
Teachers are not responsible for getting student devices up and running. Students are to be the experts of their own devices, or they can help one another.
C. Recharging Devices
Will there be charging stations available to recharge devices?
Students are responsible for bringing fully charged devices to school. Power strips will be available in classrooms, and there are also exterior outlets on the first floor of the high school building, all of which will give students the opportunity to grab a quick power charge between classes and during lunch. However, students need to anticipate that they may not have access to a power source when needed and therefore should come to school prepared with a fully charged device.
What should students know about Batteries and Power?
One of the largest concerns with mobile devices is the length of battery life. Students should plan their device usage to enable them to have power to use the device in their last class of the day without plugging the device in during class. There are a number of considerations to keep in mind when planning ahead:
- Devices have different lengths of batteries. Some tablets have 10-16 hour battery configurations. Most laptops start at 3-4 hours but can be configured up to 8 hours.
- There are a variety of charge extenders, extra batteries, portable chargers, etc., that can be used to extend life.
- Types of activity play a part as well. Activities which involve the creation of multimedia presentations with embedded video, for example, deplete the battery much faster than basic word processing activities
D. Inappropriate Use
Will students need to have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file?
Yes. In order for Linfield to supervise student use of the computer network and the Internet, the Acceptable Use Policy must be signed by each student.
What are some examples of inappropriate use?
Some examples include but are not limited to the following:
- The teacher has given instructions to use the device for a project, but the student chooses to check his or her account on a social media site instead.
- The student records or video tapes someone without their knowledge and/or permission. This may be punishable under federal, state, and local laws.
What happens if students are looking up inappropriate things in a class using their device?
If a student is caught looking at something inappropriate, teachers will follow the discipline procedures as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook. The same consequences will be followed if the student is looking at inappropriate materials on their device, in a magazine, or in a book. Parents and students will sign an Acceptable Use Policy, agreeing to the expected appropriate behavior.
Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?
It is unlawful to record someone without their permission; students should ONLY record (audio or video) when consent has been granted.
What happens if a student forgets his/her device at home?
Students are expected to come to class prepared to learn. Just as students are held accountable for bringing texts and other materials to class, so will they be held accountable for bringing their devices to class.
Can students use another student’s personal device?
Personally owned devices should only be used by the owner of the device.
What if a teacher does not allow the device to be used in class?
The teacher has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he/she asks you to put “DEVICES AWAY” (not to use your technological device), then you are to follow those directions.
Can students’ BYOD privileges be revoked?
Yes. If a student is not following the BYOD guidelines for the use of personally owned devices, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the regular discipline process.