Bring Your Own Device
I’m excited to announce that Schmitt will be piloting student BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for district elementary schools next semester. When students return from Christmas Break, they will be invited to bring their own laptop, tablet, iPod, or similar device to school to support their learning. Devices that work via cellular towers (cell phones, smart phones, etc.) will not be included in this pilot program at this time. We are inviting 5th and 6th graders to participate in this program beginning in January. Other grades (4th and 3rd) will likely be invited in the coming weeks.
The technology brought by students should be capable of operating at 5.0 GhZ and as 802.11 a/g/n wireless devices. Devices that run 2.4 GhZ (such as a Kindle) will work, but will be slower than many others. Our network may not support all devices that are brought into the building, especially older laptop computers.
Allowing students to bring their own devices to school can serve many benefits. Along with these benefits come risk and possible consequence. Please see the two (2) attached documents to this letter outlining the BCSC and L.C. Schmitt policy regarding the use of devices brought by students to school. You, as the parent, have already agreed to the BCSC Technology Policy (in the student handbook). A portion of it is attached just for your reference, and, has a section (FAQs) that may answer some of your questions about student BYOD. The L.C. Schmitt policy must be signed and returned by both the student and parent before the student will be allowed to bring a device and connect to the school’s network. Please note that all items from the attached policies are important, however, special attention should be given to the fact that L.C. Schmitt is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices. In addition, no technical support will be provided to troubleshoot device issues, connection issues, etc.
In addition, your child’s teacher will be sending home a separate list of expectations for student use of BYOD devices related to the classroom. This list will give specifics on “how” and “when” it’s ok to use the devices in the classroom, what penalties are in place for students that abuse the privilege, etc.
It’s certainly not our expectation that all students must or will bring a device to school. We have two class sets of Dell laptops, one class set of Kindle Fire tablets, and another class set of Chromebooks on the way to support student learning.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.