BYOD 1 to 1 Computing Program
July 24, 2012
Dear GRDC Parent(s)/Guardian(s),
Gold River Discovery Center is launching our Bring Your Own Device (B.Y.O.D) student computer initiative! This notification is to inform and guide you through this new opportunity. Please note that students are never required to bring in outside technology to school. All students will continue to be able to utilize our school equipment. No student will be left out of the instruction process.
Students who participate in the BYOD program will use their student supplied iPad, tablet, notebook, or netbook computers in conjunction with student google.edu accounts in grades 4th through 8th. Students can use personal computers in class for note taking, Internet access, research and communication with their teachers. It is our hope that these devices will become ubiquitous to the learning process just like the Casio and Texas Instruments graphing calculators of years past. The seamless use of the technology will be similar to today’s choice between a pen or a pencil. Students will be granted access to the district’s filtered Internet access only. Listed below are some of our general expectations for the new program:
1. Students will only use appropriate technology at teachers’ discretion.
2. Students will only use appropriate educational applications on their device (i.e. not games and/or non-school related tasks and functions).
3. Students are permitted to access only the school’s network through personal devices, not private networks.
Students utilizing this opportunity to its fullest capacity within school expectations will find numerous benefits to instruction, resources, completion of assignments and personal organization.
Likewise, students not following expectations for use of personal devices will face school disciplinary measures and lose the privilege to utilize personal devices in school for a period of time commensurate with the infraction.
When shopping for a device, please keep in mind the minimum requirements for programs:
Overall, we are primarily looking for devices that cost $500 or less. The devices that we have in mind consist of the: iPad, Tablet, Notebook, or Netbook genre.
We suggest that any device you purchase for school use be able to run flash content for optimal learning versatility. Some websites, such as Starfall.com and our optional, fee-based, foreign language learning opportunity via Rosetta Stone requires a device to run Adobe Flash content. iPads do not run Adobe flash programs; therefore, buying an iPad would potentially limit the curriculum options for your child. Sometimes websites have developed applications that are available in the Apple App Store that make the flash content accessible on the iPad. Please see the back page for minimum computer requirements for different programs.
Absent the need for Flash, practically any device that has a keyboard, WiFi connectivity, an up-to-date web browser (FireFox, IE, Safari, etc…), and the ability to access Google Docs so students can create, edit, and publish documents will suffice. At this point in time, since we are limiting students to devices that have a keyboard and can access Google Docs in a meaningful way, iPods/(iTouch), iPhones, and Smartphones are not included in the devices we will presently support in the classroom for day-to-day computing use.
Be reminded that all students of GRDC have signed the District Acceptable Use Policy related to technology and internet use. Please know that this policy applies to student iPad, tablet, notebook, or netbook computer use in school.
Students must understand and accept the responsibility that accompanies this privilege. It will also be the responsibility of the students to make sure that their device does not create a distraction to the learning environment.
The use of student personal computers is strictly optional. Students that do not use their personal computer will continue to use school computers – however they will not have the option to take these computers home.
All student personal computers need to be registered with the technology department and must have up to date antivirus software installed.
We look forward to the educational opportunities that BYOD will provide. Given the fact that we are the only school in San Juan Unified implementing this new program, our staff understands that there will be some unknown challenges that may arise with full implementation of this pioneering BYOD policy. Your suggestions and feedback are always welcome. Thank you for your understanding and reinforcement of the initial procedures and expectations for this initiative.
The Technology Committee
Minimum System Requirements needed for various programs:
Windows 95, Macintosh OS8, or Linux
64 MB Ram
200 MHz processor
Internet Explorer 4 or Netscape 4
Flash Player 4
Taken from: http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=37560
Google Docs supports the two latest versions of the following browsers:Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer2
Note: Other browsers might work with Google Docs. However, we can't guarantee that features will work as expected.
2If you're working in Internet Explorer 8 and would like to edit Google drawings or create a Google presentation using the latest version, you need to install Google Chrome Frame or use another supported browser. If you use Google Apps, you may be unable to upgrade your browser on your own. In this case, please contact your administrator or your IT support for further assistance.
The Khan Academy
(Same requirements as Google Docs) This program works on the iPad2 and it may work on other devices that are relatively new to market.
Rosetta Stone Foreign Language Software
(Optional Fee-Based Opportunity coming in Sept. 2012)
Chrome 8 or higher
Firefox 3 or higher
Internet Explorer 6 or higher
Safari 3 or higher
Adobe Flash Player
Version 9.0.47 or higher
3.2.18 (Download from Rosetta Stone)
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FAQ GRDC B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device)
Where will students carry their devices?
Students can carry the device in their backpacks. The technology committee suggests that parents consider a backpack with special padded compartments for computer devices so the device will be protected during transport.
Can student charge their equipment during the school day?
The technology committee recommends that students use a device that doesn’t require charging during the school day. Many of the newer devices, when fully charged, have enough power to get through the instructional day without requiring one to plug into an outlet. Should the student not have enough battery power to finish the project, they can save their work to the Google cloud and work on it when they arrive home.
How will the security of the devices be handled?
The students will maintain control of the device before and after school. During the school day, students are welcomed to store the devices in their backpacks in the classroom. In keeping with past practice, the classrooms will be locked anytime the class is not in the room. This includes recess and lunch times. Technology tools should remain in the classroom during these breaks so students can exercise and play without worrying about damaging their device.
Are K-3 students allowed to B.Y.O.D.?
At the present time, the technology committee is not recommending the use of BYOD computers for these grades. The technology committee feels that there is a certain level of responsibility and care that a student needs to exhibit before they can adequately care for their own device. On the whole we will continue to look at the possible educational uses at these grade levels for future implementation. Classroom and individual exceptions can be made, but you will need to seek the permission of the classroom teacher.
Is the school responsible for the maintenance of computers or lost and stolen computers?
Students bring their devices to use at GRDC at their own risk. It is their duty to be responsible in the upkeep and protection of their devices.
In keeping with the districts policy on personal items GRDC is in no way responsible for:
- Personal devices that are broken while at school or during school-sponsored activities
- Personal devices that are lost or stolen at school or during school-sponsored activities
- Maintenance or upkeep of any device (keeping it charged, installing updates or upgrades, fixing any software or hardware issues)
Furthermore as detailed in the Parent Handbook: The San Juan Unified School District is not responsible for the loss, through acts of vandalism or theft, of students’ personal property, including property stored in lockers or vehicles, left at school, or confiscated from students. If students bring personal property to school, they do so at their own risk (see Financial Liability in parent handbook).
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