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Personal Device FAQs - “BYOD”

What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device.” BYOD is an initiative that will allow students who have personal technology devices to bring them to school to use them for educational purposes under the direction of a teacher or administrator. For the purposes of BYOD, “Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic piece of equipment that includes laptops, netbooks, tablets/slates, iPod Touches, and smart phones.

What are the benefits?
Our students are living in a world where they have immediate access to information anytime and anywhere. Many students have personally-owned devices in their pockets that can be used to allow them to learn in their own style and at their own pace. With digital learning, every student can access high quality and rigorous instruction, thereby maximizing their opportunity for success in school and beyond.

What are the issues?
Some of the concerns of BYOD include security of personal devices, access to printing and other network resources, equity of access for students who do not have devices, and inappropriate use of personal devices.

Security - Bringing personal devices to school can be useful; however, some risks are involved as well. It is always a good idea to record the device’s serial number to have in case of theft. The Warwick School District is not responsible for the theft of a device, nor are they responsible for any damage done to the device while at school. Any time a theft occurs, the student should contact a school administrator to make him/her aware of the offense.

Access to network resources - Students are on the BYOD Student network. It is not the same as the network they normally access from a school computer. Network folders will not be available, so students will need to save their work in another place. Some options include a flash drive, their local hard drive, or a course management system, like Moodle or GoogleDocs.

Like network folders, printers are networked differently in the school and will not be available from the 
BYOD Student network. Some network solutions include saving it to a flash drive and printing it from home or sharing it electronically to the teacher.
Equity of access - Students without a personal device will be provided access to an appropriate district-owned digital device for instructional purposes as needed.

Inappropriate use –Students must adhere to the Acceptable Use and Electronic Devices Policies. When students use technology inappropriately while on the school network, the same consequences apply, regardless of who owns the device.

How do students access the school network? Is it required that students use the school wireless network, or can they use their own cellular service? Most devices will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time devices will ask to join an available network when prompted; students can simply choose “
BYOD Student” from the list. If the device does not display a prompt to choose a wireless network, students can manually go to the settings menu of the device to choose BYOD Student from the list displayed there.

Students with a personally owned device need to use the 
BYOD Student wireless network. Use of cellular service bypasses the security filter and is considered a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy.

What rules apply to the use of these devices on the student network?
As with all technology use, personal or school-owned, students should use technology for educational purposes with the permission of the teacher or an administrator. Students using a personally-owned device must abide by the District Acceptable Use and Electronic Devices Board Policies. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered regardless of the device that is used to access it while in a public school. While students own the device, the network they are using belongs to the school, so Internet access will be filtered.

Are there specific requirements that devices must meet to be added to the school network?
The device must be capable of wireless access. Students will not be able to plug in to the network through an Ethernet cable. Current virus protection for PCs is required.

What happens if a student uses the device inappropriately?
Violations of any Board policies, administrative procedures or school rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device in school and/or disciplinary action. The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal device if there is reason to believe that the student has violated Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules or has engaged in other misconduct while using their personal device.

What are some examples of inappropriate use?
The student bypasses the school 
BYOD Student network to use a 3G or 4G network. The student records a video without the permission of the teacher and posts it on YouTube. The student takes pictures during class of other students and sends them electronically to friends without teacher approval. The teacher has given permission to use the device for a project, but the student chooses to check his or her account on a social media site instead.

Who is responsible if the device is damaged, stolen, or lost?
Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal items. The district will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen or misplaced. Some devices have a device locator; parents and/or students may want to enable this feature if possible.

What if a student doesn’t have his or her own personal technology device?
It is not mandatory for students to bring a device, even if they do own one. When electronic devices are used to enhance learning in the classroom, students without a personal device will be provided access to an appropriate district-owned digital device. Keep in mind that learning can be enhanced greatly for the entire class even if only a handful of students have a device!

Can a student use their own device in any class?
Students can use personal technology devices in any class to meet educational goals as long as they have the permission of the teacher.