The Shanksville-Stonycreek School District is changing the landscape of technology in education by implementing a new and ground-breaking initiative. The Bring Your Own Device Program (BYOD) is being piloted by the sophomore class during the final nine-weeks of this school year. If the program is successful, the district will open the program up to the entire high school for the 2012-13 school year.
Bring Your Own Device
The BYOD program is designed for students to use their own personal electronic computing devices within the district environment. Students are permitted and encouraged to use their own devices for routine classroom tasks and educational ventures. Devices acceptable for use would be laptops, smartphones, tablets, iPods, or any other device that has Internet connectivity, excluding gaming devices.
The district is hoping this program will further streamline the learning process with students having a degree of expertise with their device and the ability to have anywhere-anytime access to their course work. Additionally, the district hopes this program will cut down on the time that teachers must assist students with district issued technology.
Inasmuch as this is a “read, shoot, aim” endeavor the district believes piloting the program for the final nine-weeks would be the best way to work out any unforeseen obstacles and challenges without disrupting the entire student body.Student devices will need to be registered with the district, and a “device license” will must be obtained before the students can begin using their device. The full policy and procedure structure is found in the menu options on the left. A few policies of note are listed below:
- Students are responsible for the device as they would be any other piece of private property. The district is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices
- The district is not required to provide support or service for student devices
- Students may use the device for personal use during morning cafeteria time and during lunch
- The BYOD program is a privilege and can be revoked at any point in time