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An example BYOD FAQ for Parents from Grandview R-II.

What is BYOD?
BYOD is an acronym for Bring Your Own Device.
Why is the district implementing BYOD?
Our students are digital natives and live in a world where information creation and consumption is constantly occurring. We feel that access to the tools and resources of a world-wide network and understanding when and how these tools are appropriately and effectively used are imperative in each student’s education. We strive to ensure students are College and Career Ready by high school graduation.
Which schools will initially participate in BYOD?
The High School is currently a 1:1 building, meaning the district supplies devices for the students. If the student would rather purchase their own device or has a device they prefer at home, they may use that device instead of the provided laptop.
The Middle School will be a 1:1 building in January 2014. Every student will be provided with their own laptop. If a student would rather purchase their own device or has a device they prefer at home, they may use that device instead of the provided laptop.The Elementary School will be BYOD in January 2014.
When will BYOD begin?
Classroom implementation has been in place for the high school for the past three years. The Middle School and Elementary School will begin in January 2014.
What are the next phases for BYOD?
Over the next two and a half years, more devices will be purchased for the elementary level, along with Smart Tables for Kindergarten.
Devices will continue to be purchased on an as needed basis for the grades 6-12.
What is the criteria for bring a device to school?
Students may use any device that will allow them to access the internet, do word processing, watch a video, and have a battery life that will last the school day. This can include: laptop, netbook, tablet, iPad, iPod, Kindle, Nook, Smartphone.
What is the criteria for donated devices?
Click here to see a current list of approved devices for donation.
What if a student does not have a mobile device?
Not every child will have their own device. The district will provide access to the internet via classroom computers and a limited number of mobile devices. Students will collaborate with other students as appropriate.
What if I want to purchase a device?
Click here for a list of suggested devices and information on purchasing discounted devices.
How will mobile devices be used in the classroom?
Mobile devices will be used in the classroom for projects, research, as a response device for assessments, collaboration, presentations, and other instructional and school related purposes.
What do all these technology acronyms and terms mean?
There are a lot of technology terms associated with BYOD! Click here to see our BYOD glossary page.
Is free wifi available anywhere in Jefferson County?
Grandview R-II Campus has free public wifi outside and inside each building. The Jefferson County Library’s offer free public wifi-
How does my student connect to the Internet?
Grandview R-II provides a “Public Wireless” which students may connect to while using their own device in school.
Who pays for the personal device that my student brings to school?
Personal devices are purchased by the family and remain the property of the family.
How will students know when to use the device in the classroom?
All devices will be used ONLY when the teacher has told the students that it is an appropriate classroom time to use the device. All other times, the device will remain in a designated area set forth by the classroom teacher.
If a teacher is absent and a substitute teacher is in the classroom, will students be allowed to use their personal devices?
At the high school and middle school level, yes.
Within the first year of implementation at the elementary school, no, substitute teachers will not have had the experience, knowledge, or professional development in the use of BYOD in the classroom. Thus, personal devices will not be used on that day.
My student wants to share his personal device with his friend while at school?
Sharing of the personal device while at school is strictly prohibited. Students are not to lend or share overnight either.
My student cannot get the device to work at school, can anyone help?
Students must be able to turn on, use and connect the device to the school wifi all without assistance.
My student brought the device to school and the battery needs charged, does the school have chargers?
Students must be responsible for charging and making sure their device is ready to go for school. The student must bring their own charger and discuss with the classroom teacher where the appropriate place and time is to charge their own device.
What else should we consider when purchasing a device?
Please see the following document for recommendations:

  • Insurance for Device
  • Case for Device (otterbox, rubber cover, etc)
What if my child’s device is stolen or damaged? What recourse can I take?
Students bring their own devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal items. The school will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen or damaged. This is further explained in the Handbook and BYOD Policy.
Is it required that my child use the school wireless connection? Can they use their own 3G or 4G service?
Students with a personally owned device need to use the school’s free public wireless network due to security features.
My child is bringing a device to school for instructional purposes. Will they have access to things they normally do with district equipment?
Your child will have access to any of the web-based software the school currently uses (databases, library search tools, etc.) Software may run differently on different devices for varying reasons. Yes, students are still allowed to use school provided devices in addition to their own.
How will you handle students accessing inappropriate websites during school?
The schools’ filters will block as much as possible. Students are still held accountable by the Acceptable Use Policy and the Student Handbook.
As a parent am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device, etc.) to my child’s device?
Virus protection for PC’s (laptops, ipads,…) is required. Filtering will all be done through the district public wifi, this is why they must connect to the school wifi and not use their own data plan. Some devices have the option for tracking, this is a personal choice made at home.
How will my son’s/daughter’s device be used in the classroom?
At the teacher’s discretion, students will utilize their devices to read, access information, do research, solve problems, collaborate, communicate and engage in the curriculum.
Will the students have an email address through the school?
Yes, all students in grades 3-12 will have an email account through the school.

See also Holgate Local Schools, Appoquinimink High School, Warman Community Middle School, The Thomas Hardye School, Lafayette Sunnyside Intermediate School, and Nhulunbuy Primary School.

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