We do allow students to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), however, we prefer the students to use the devices we provide for several reasons:
1. We want to provide the most secure learning environment possible. If students are bringing their own devices, we cannot be certain that some students may bring inappropriate materials and share them with your child. If the device is owned by the district, we have the capacity to manage the device in such a way as to prevent this from happening.
2. We provide a device and ask you to insure it from accidental damage and theft. If something happens to the device checked out to you, we can provide you with a loaner until the damaged device is repaired. If your child brings their own device, we cannot be certain that your child would have access to a device for learning at all times.
3. If everyone is bringing their own equipment, even if there is a standard approach to the type of equipment (all laptops or tablets, for example), it is still pretty much inevitable that the brand and/or configuration of each device will vary and with this comes varying functionality and different speeds of throughput and performance. This equates to inconsistent experiences, and different challenges, for one student versus another.
4. With varying types of equipment, and dissimilar configurations and software levels, come a wide variety of technological hurdles. We all know that trying to use apps on the Internet or doing just about anything else with a computer, tablet, or smartphone, can yield plenty of little issues, and every variation in configuration brings another potential point of failure of complication. Now the teacher starts losing class time to tech support and troubleshooting, and the school’s technicians have just picked up a slew of new and unpredictable issues to deal with.
5. When the device is the student’s, it can be loaded with plenty of games, social networking apps, inappropriate content, and who knows what else. The possibilities for this sort of distracting content and software are undoubtedly increased in a BYOD scenario, despite whatever policies may exist to help limit or prevent this issue.
6. Internet content must be filtered, and there are technological considerations to make this happen. When kids are bringing their own tech to school, it makes in increasingly harder to manage, and this is only becoming more problematic thanks to the increasing proliferation of 3G and 4G wireless personal devices. A BYOD program adds to these complications, and make it that much harder for your technology department to ensure compliance with content filtering objectives and the protection of students from inappropriate content while in school.
7. Isn’t school life challenging enough for some kids (and their parents) without the additional pressure of having to keep up with the Jones kid? Some kids are going to have the most expensive, best equipped tech, and some of them are going to brag about it. The less fortunate kids (and the teachers) shouldn’t have to deal with that, and nobody wants to hear it.
For a minimal annual fee the device you borrow from the district:
1. is insured by a preferred third party provider against accidental damage and theft (a police report must be made to claim theft)
2. has an internet filter that works even when the child is not at school
Intentional damage, cosmetic damage, and lost chromebooks and/or chargers are not covered and fees will be assessed to the parent/student.
For example:Chromebook chargers are $20.
Every student will be provided with a bag this year.