On February 8, 2012 SWSD officially started our BYOD initiative with a presentation to the School Board – BYOD is the acronym for Bring Your Own Device. SWSD is looking to leverage devices student already have with them at school and to use them in an educational setting to help improve and enhance their education.
As with any new initiative, it all starts with a School Board Policy. In August, we updates out AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) and create a new policy for BTOD titled: Nondistrict-Owned Electronic Devices. Check out the links for the official policy.
During the presentation I went over the following “Talking Points”:
- The Teacher is the instructional leader and determines when the devices may be in use. BYOD is meant to be a resource for the teacher to use when it is appropriate.
- Our infrastructure will be continually assesses and upgraded to support wireless access with these new devices. We have already planned to upgrade our wireless capacity at the high school over the summer, and we will monitor the impact the new devices has on our bandwidth and make adjustments when and where needed.
- Students will bring the device at their own risk – SWSD will not be held financially responsible for loss, damage or theft of student devices.
- Personal equipment will connect to the SWSD Guest Network. We want this for a few reasons. First, when a student device is connected to ur Guest network it will be filtered as required by CIPA laws, and Second, SWSD will not be responsible for any data charges incurred with the use of these devices. Using our Guest network will provide not only a safe environment, but one where the devices are not chewing up your home data plans.
- Since we do not own the devices, SWSD will not be servicing any student device that may break, or one that does not connect to our Guest network.
- Student devices should arrive to school fully charged and ready to go. We do not have the ability to charge devices in the classrooms.