We are pleased to announce that our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is now available to 5th through 8th grade students. While we encourage all students to participate, it is not a requirement. If you choose not to purchase a device for your child and these devices are being used in class, faculty will have alternatives available to students that may include the use of a student classroom desktop computer or completing the assignment on paper.
We do not have additional wireless devices for student use.
It is our intention to offer the best 21st century tools to our students. With new products like Google Apps for Education, we can now offer a cross platform suite of tools (such as docs, sheets and slides) to our students at a reasonable cost. Our BYOD initiative will allow faculty and students access to these tools at any time during the school day. Google Apps for Education only requires a web browser and is cross-platform. By bringing their own device, students can use what they feel most comfortable with.
By providing BYOD, we can introduce new programs that promote collaboration, communication, and differentiation. As of now, we recommend the least expensive solution, a Chromebook. Chromebooks are small lightweight devices that can quickly and efficiently browse the web, are not as susceptible to virus’ and they can cost as little as $125 on Amazon.
Our Suggested device link includes the preferred PC, Apple product, and Chromebook (Tablets are acceptable but not recommended as they require application downloads). Kindles are not compatible with Google Apps for Education and are not an approved device. Devices that join the network must be wireless (If Windows based, it must have Windows 7 or above). All operating systems for any Apple product will work on the wireless system.
We look forward to an exciting year for our students and know that BYOD will play an important role in making it a special one.