BCSC Technology Handbook (related to student BYOD)
Student Owned Devices
In order to maintain a safe environment for all student users, students who bring their own technology must sign on to the BCSC student wireless network and accept the terms of service in order to use the BCSC network. All students will have filtered Internet access just as they would on a BCSC-owned device. (Note: This will not affect students’ abilities to login to their own home or other networks when away from school.)
All approved devices must be portable, allow wireless access to the Internet through a fully functional web browser, be capable of accessing the BCSC student wireless network, and be suitable for instructional purposes as defined by the classroom teacher. Use of personal cellular services must follow BCSC and building-level policies.
Students must keep their own devices secure. BCSC, nor its staff or employees is liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office in the same manner as other personal items that are impacted in similar situations.
Though BCSC intends student-owned technology to become an important part of instruction, the use of personal technology to provide educational material is not a necessity; instead, it is a privilege. BCSC expects all students to utilize technology respectfully and in ways that benefit the learning environment. However, when technology is abused, privileges will be taken away.
I have turned in my signed release form acknowledging that I have read the BCSC Acceptable Use Handbook. Can I start bringing my device to school?
Answer: In participating schools, teachers and students can bring personal devices approved for use to school after turning in the release form, the Student Network & Internet Acceptable Use & Safety Agreement, and the Notification to Parents Regarding Accounts for Computer Networks and submitting an acknowledgement of having read and understood this handbook.
Where can I see the Student Network & Internet Acceptable Use & Safety Agreement, and the Notification to Parents Regarding Accounts for Computer Networks?
Answer: Board policy is available online at the following link: www.bcsc.k12.in.us
I have read the terms of service and I do not wish to have my daughter accessing the Internet using her own device. Is this allowable in this pilot plan?
I have my device with me in class. How do I get on the Internet now?
Answer: Most devices or other personal devices will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time your technology device will ask if you would like to join the BYOD Student network. When prompted, choose BYOD Student wireless from the list. Once you choose the BYOD Student wireless network, you will be prompted to accept the terms of service. Read this carefully so you will know what is expected.
My device is not prompting me to choose a wireless network. Is there another way to connect?
Answer: In the settings menu of your device there is usually an icon for a network, go to this icon and choose BCSC wireless from the list or prompt your device to look for wireless networks in range. Always consult your device’s owner’s manual for exact directions on accessing a wireless network.
I brought my iPad to school to use in the classroom, but my teacher said I couldn’t use it in her classroom. Can I still use it?
Answer: The teacher in the classroom has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he or she asks students not to use your technology tool, then you should follow those directions.
I have a data plan from a provider (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon etc.) on my digital device that allows Internet access without using the BCSC wireless access. Is this allowable?
Answer: Students are expected to follow the submitted acceptable use procedures when accessing the Internet through any device. All students are expected to use the BCSC student login to access the Internet. You should not access the Internet through any cellular data provider while on campus.
If my daughter’s Device is stolen or damaged, what recourse can I take?
Answer: The Corporation is not responsible for any damage or theft of student owned equipment. Keeping track of the device’s serial number, model and type at home is suggested. Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported immediately to a campus administrator, so he/she can take the appropriate steps.
What are the campus/classroom rules for using student owned devices including phones?
Answer: Teachers make the final decision for any tools used in the classroom; student owned equipment would be no different. Your student will log into the BCSC student wireless network wirelessly and is expected to comply with the information in this handbook and the Student Network & Internet Acceptable Use & Safety Agreement. It will be up to the individual teachers to communicate their expectations to parents and students. Contact your child’s teachers or campus administration for his/her expectations.