BYOD Program FAQs
A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a program that encourages students to bring their own internet connectable devices to school.
Trinity-Byrnes launched our BYOD program in August 2013 for grades 7-12.
What are the benefits of a BYOD Program?
- Makes possible a 21st century classroom.
- Fosters student ownership of their own learning.
- Allows student real-time access to information.
- Smooth transition between home and school.
- Provides easier student access to online instructional materials.
- Supplements school resources and equipment.
In 2010 the U.S. Department of Education introduced the National Education Technology Plan. The Plan “calls for applying the advanced technologies used in our daily personal and professional lives to our entire education system to improve student learning and accelerate and scale up the adoption of effective practices.” The National Education Technology Plan’s rationale is specific when explaining the reason technology must be integrated into today’s education: “Technology-based learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels. Technology will help us execute collaborative teaching strategies combined with professional learning that better prepare and enhance educators’ competencies and expertise over the course of their careers.”
What are the hardware/software requirements?
Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School’s recommendation is any Apple iPad with 32GB memory with Wi-Fi. Due to the large number of Android-based systems it is Trinity Byrnes recommendation that whichever Android tablet device you plan to use should have at least version 4.1 of Android and at least 32GB memory. Generally speaking Trinity-Byrnes will support a variety of Android, Apple iOS, Mac OS, Windows XP (w/Service Pack 3 or higher), and Windows 7 and later operating systems. Not recommended: Nook, Kindle Fire, or any device using Windows 8-RT.
How does my child register their device at school?
Students will register their device for use on our network during School Registration week. Participants are responsible for their devices and both the student and parent are required to read and accept our Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Once the signed AUP form is returned to the IT Department the student’s TBCS wireless account will be activated and the student may begin using the TBCS wireless network.
What types of computing devices may my child bring to school?
Students may use devices that fall into the following categories: (1) laptops, (2) netbooks, (3) tablets, and (4) e-Readers. Cell phones and/or smartphones are not approved for this program.
How can my child’s computing device connect to the Internet?
Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School provides a wireless network which students may connect to while using their devices in the building. Students may not connect to the internet via their cell/smart phones via their private 3G/4G wireless plan as most of these services do not provide content filtering (i.e. AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc…) while on campus.
Will the device be protected with Internet Content Filtering?
Yes, to facilitate instruction and practice internet safety, TBCS’s internet connection is protected by an internet content filter. Private cellular data plans do not use TBCS’s internet connection and therefore do not use TBCS’s internet content filter. Students should only use the TBCS WiFi internet connection with their BYOD device while on TBCS property.
Are there suggested accessories?
Providing a padded bag or protective sleeve is suggested. This will provide more protection for the day to day use of these computing devices. A headset or earbuds will be useful when accessing a website with audio.
Does TBCS suggest any other considerations?
It may be wise to acquire theft or hazard insurance. If the device you purchase has an electronic locator function we recommend you activate it. If purchasing a new technology device for a child to use at school, we recommend purchasing the extended warranty.
Will there be “charging stations” so my child’s electronic device can be recharged?
No, charging stations will not be provided. We anticipate that not every class will be using an electronic device in a lesson every day. Considering today’s electronic device battery technology, the device’s battery charge should be sufficient for lessons requiring use of the device throughout the day. The device should be charged when you arrive at school with enough power to last the day.
Should I go out and buy my child a device?
Personally owned devices are a supplement to the equipment already in use in the classroom. BYOD is an optional program and parents are not required to purchase a device for their child.
What do I do if I do not want to buy a device for my child?
There is no obligation for any parent to purchase a device for their child. If you decide against the BYOD program, textbooks are still available for purchase and your student will be required to have the listed hard copy for every class.
Are there any specifications for the type of laptop, netbook, or tablet my child may bring to school?
Buying a computer is a personal choice. Ultimately, each person 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 the wireless network, access the world wide web, and meet TBCS’s recommended device operating system, this should suffice.
Can my child use an iPad or Android tablet?
Any type of tablet, netbook or laptop can be used. Whichever you choose, the device must be able to connect wirelessly to the TBCS wireless network. TBCS recommends any device have at least 32GB of storage and if using a device which uses the Android operating system it be at least version 4.1.
Is there access to school printers from a device brought from home?
Printers will NOT be available on the student wireless network. Some solutions include saving it to a flash drive or printing it from home or another school computer. Keep in mind that using school printers in the classroom, computer lab or library is at the discretion of the teacher or other school staff.
What software will be needed on my child’s device?
No software needs to be purchased. TBCS will use Google Apps to store student work. Google Apps is a cloud-based system which provides many productivity tools including a word processor, spreadsheet program, a presentation program, and includes 30GB of free storage. Rather than purchasing software, students will be able to use the Google Apps capabilities via a school issued personal email account anywhere they have internet access.
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 a teacher asks students to put the “DEVICES AWAY”, then the students must follow the directions. Some curricular areas are not geared towards having personal devices used in class.
Can teachers require students to bring their own devices?
No. Students are encouraged but not required to participate in the BYOD program.
Will students be able to use earbuds or other types of headsets?
Students may use earbuds/headsets during class ONLY with the permission of the teacher or administrator. Students should not move from one location to another while wearing earbuds or headsets.
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.
How will students be prevented from just texting their friends or just surfing the Web?
Students will be instructed to put “DEVICES AWAY” when they are not completing a specific instructional task. TBCS expects our students to act in a responsible manner and abide by school policies. Teachers will be mindful of what students are doing during class. When devices are not in use they need to be turned off and put out of sight.
If a student already owns a device, do they need a new one?
No, as long as the device is functioning properly and is able to meet the minimum hardware/software recommendations, a student may use a device that he/she already owns. TBCS RECOMMENDATIONS: Android systems need 4.1 or higher OS, Apple iPad needs iOS 6.0 or higher and it is recommended that all devices have a minimum of 32GB of memory. The devices should have a minimum battery life of 4 hours and must be able to communicate with a Wi-Fi network and connect to the world wide web.
My child has a tablet but it has less than 32GB of memory, will it work?
Yes. However, depending upon the amount of data your child downloads it may be necessary for him/her to switch/retrieve files from your “cloud” provider (iCloud, Drop Box, Zip Cloud, etc.) back and forth to the tablet.
Who pays for the technology brought to school?
These devices will be purchased, maintained by and remain the property of the family.
Who is responsible for any repairs or updating to personal technology devices?
TBCS has limited resources and cannot provide comprehensive support for the wide variety of devices allowed under the BYOD program. 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 access to the wireless connection. Students will be expected to know how to connect their devices. We strongly recommend that students purchase an extended warranty for their device at the time of purchase.
What should my child do if his/her device breaks during the day?
In the event a device breaks during the day the student will put the device away and take it home at the end of the school day where the student and parent can troubleshoot the device. Just like textbooks, notebooks and other tools for learning, the student owns and is ultimately responsible for the upkeep and usefulness of the device.
Who is responsible for damage, loss, or theft of a device my child brings to school?
Families must stress the responsibilities their children have when bringing their own technology device to school. Any device a student brings to school is their sole responsibility. TBCS takes no responsibility to search for lost or stolen devices nor is there any assumption of financial responsibility by TBCS for damaged, lost or stolen personal technology devices.
Will my family need to have Internet access at home?
TBCS strongly recommends families to have some form of Internet access (wired or wireless) at home in order for a child to make full use of school resources from home, as well the multitude of resources available on the World Wide Web. However, it is not required in order for a child to use a personal technology device at school.
How will a child’s education differ if the family does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school?
Many lessons will be collaborative allowing students to work together, sharing information accessed through personal devices. When the work is individual, students may use computers and other devices located in classrooms and/or in the school’s computer labs. No child’s learning experience or academic performance will be affected because he or she does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school. TBCS is committed to reducing technology inequity so every child can learn equally.
Will my child need to have a signed Responsible Use Policy on file?
Yes, in order for TBCS to supervise student use of the computer network and the Internet, the Responsible Use Policy form must be signed by all students who want to have access to educational resources. Parents/guardians of students are also required to read and sign the agreement. Signing the document indicates that the student and parent/guardian have read and understand the expectations of TBCS.
When can my child use the electronic device at school?
Students may use their electronic devices during classroom instruction when instructed to do so, lunch period, or when otherwise authorized by school personnel provided that the devices are being used for academic purposes only. However, if the use of the device causes disruption in a specific setting, the student will be directed to turn it off and put it away.
Can students use another student’s device?
Because of the inherent nature of personally owned devices, devices should only be used by the owner of the device.
Will my child be expected to use his or her computing device both at school and at home?
Just as with traditional assignments, some assignments may need to be completed at home. If there is a technology device malfunction or an interruption of Internet connectivity at home, a student may use computers at school before and/or after school.
Where will my child’s work be stored?
Students will be encouraged to store their work on their school provided Google Apps account. In so doing, the student will have access to their work wherever they have Internet access.
Will an administrator have the ability to revoke a student’s BYOD privilege?
If a student is not following the developed guidelines for the use of his or her personally owned device, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the normal disciplinary process.
Please remember that the use of any device (laptop, tablet etc) is NOT a right but a privilege and should be treated as such. Any cases of misuse will be dealt with swiftly and students may lose the right to participate in the BYOD program.
We thank you for your support and cooperation in this new initiative and look forward to a new horizon of learning.
The IT Department