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Parents Concerns About BYOD

Are you launching a BYOD at your school? Include a frequently asked question sheet to accompany the policy and consent form. This will help alleviate any concerns parents have about BYOD. Review the list of questions and possible answers.

Frequently Asked Questions and BYOD

Alleviate parent concerns about BYOD.

Do I have to supply a device for my child to bring to school?

No, you don’t. Participation is voluntary. The school will provide access to devices when technology is required through scheduled computer lab time, booked mobile carts, or via a lending library.

What device should I purchase?

The device you purchase for your child is based on your discretion. It can be a laptop, tablet, e-reader, or smartphone. The device must be able to connect to the school network and a MAC address must be provided. Please note _____ devices are not permitted.

What software is required?

No specific software will be required. Educators will attempt to leverage whatever software is available on the device. If specific software is required, the school will provide access through scheduled computer lab time, booked mobile carts, or via a lending library. Parents are encouraged to provide protection software on the device to prevent malware and viruses.

When can my child use his or her device at school?

A device must be used for educational purposes under the direction and supervision of school personnel. Usage is not guaranteed and is based on the discretion of the teacher.

What happens if my child runs up cellular charges while using the device at school?

Students must use the school WIFI network. Use of a 3G/4G network is prohibited. Any cellular network charges due to unauthorized use will be the responsibility of the parent.

Will my child be able to access inappropriate content?

BYOD will allow students access to the school WIFI network. The network is filtered to block access to inappropriate content. However, no filtering system is perfect. If students inadvertently access content that is unsuitable, they should inform their classroom teacher.

Is it possible for my child to perform all their schoolwork using their device?

No. Use of the device will vary depending on the learning outcome. Some assignments will still require students to complete the work by hand or using traditional instructional materials such as printed books. In some cases, the teacher may have a system for handing out and accepting work electronically, however this will vary depending on the situation.

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Will my child be able to text friends during class?

Use of the device will be limited to educational purposes. Students may exchange messages under the direction and supervision of school personnel as it relates to the assignment. Any unauthorized exchange of messages is a violation of the BYOD policy.

Can I contact my child using their device during school hours?

Contacting your child during school hours via text messages, emails, phones calls, or other digital means can disrupt the learning environment. If you need to contact your child, please phone the school office.

Is the school responsible for loss, theft, or damage?

No. Your child is responsible for the care and security of their device.

What recourse do I have if my child’s laptop is stolen?

Theft is the responsibility of the owner. Contact school administration if your child’s device is stolen. To aid authorities, it is advised that you label the device, record device details such as make, model, and serial number, and install tracking software. It is also recommended that parents contact their insurance company to obtain hazard and/or theft coverage.

What happens when my child’s battery dies?

Your child is responsible for bringing their device fully charged to school each day. It is advised that if one battery does not provide the required length of use then a second battery should be purchased. Charging a device is limited to stations throughout the school. Permission for their use is required by school personnel. If a charging station is not available and a battery fails, your child is responsible for finding an alternative way to complete the assignment.

What happens if my child forgets their device at home?

Your child is expected to come to school prepared to learn. Students will be encouraged to store their files using a web app, making their work accessible through any device with the Internet. If deemed essential, your child will be able to access their work using a school owned device. However, if this is not available, your child must find an alternative way to complete their work.

Does my child have to share his or her device?

No. Your child should not lend his or her device to another student. It is for their exclusive use. From time to time, an assignment may have a collaborative component in which students work together in partners or small groups. In this learning situation, your child will maintain sole use over their device.

Can a teacher confiscate or search my child’s device?

Yes. School personnel can confiscate a device if they suspect a breach of the BYOD policy. If there is suspicion of inappropriate content or misuse, the school can search the device with the expressed consent of the parent.

Will cyberbullying increase now that students have devices while in school?

Digital citizenship is an important element of the BYOD initiative. Students must learn how to behave responsibly when using technology. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated and is a direct violation of the existing Code of Conduct.

Will my child have access to technical support while at school?

Your child must be familiar with how to use their device. Teachers are not IT support staff. Instructions will be available to explain how to access the school WIFI network. However, school personnel will not troubleshoot hardware, software, or network issues.

Classroom Rules for BYOD

The BYOD policy will provide strict guidelines on the appropriate use of student owned devices, as well as the consequences for abuse. Parents and students must the policy and sign the BYOD agreement form.

BYOD Rules

Students need to remember that bringing a device to school is a privilege that can be revoked. It is a good idea to post BYOD rules in the classroom to act as a reminder.

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Be a good digital citizen.
  2. Work with your device in approved locations.
  3. Use for assigned tasks only.
  4. Take photos/videos for assignments only.
  5. Use of the device is restricted to its owner.
  6. Bring device fully charged to school.
  7. Charge it safely at approved stations.
  8. Use the school’s WIFI network only.
  9. Remove ear buds/turn down screen when asked.
  10. Turn off device or put to sleep when not in use.

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Teacher Concerns about BYOD

Are you nervous about BYOD? If you are, that’s okay. Feeling anxious about something new is natural. Change is exciting but it is also a bit scary.

Review the questions teachers have about BYOD. The answers should alleviate some of your concerns.

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Frequently asked questions about BYOD.

Do I have to be an IT expert?

No, you don’t. Students are to be familiar with how to use their own device. Teachers are not IT support staff. Resources will be available to help students connect their device to the network. For help with apps locate student experts that can assist their peers. Please note, assistance should be limited to how to use the app. Peers should not install software on another student’s device nor alter device settings.

Do I have to know how to use ALL the applications on EVERY device?

No, you don’t. You don’t need to be an expert in everything. Students are to be familiar with how to use the apps on their own device. However, to design lessons that integrate technology into curriculum it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with how to use popular web apps. You may also wish to have student experts assist peers with how to use apps.

Will BYOD create an unfair learning environment?

No, it won’t. Participation in BYOD is voluntary for students. You must create an equitable learning environment that does not penalize students without devices. To create equal access to technology take advantage of a lending library, book a mobile cart, schedule computer lab time, or use computers in the back of the classroom. As well, design activities that have a collaborative component to pair those students without a device, with device holders. In addition, develop a range of options for students to demonstrate their learning so that there is a choice to create traditional paper and pencil, as well as digital products.

Am I going to have to be responsible if a device gets stolen or broken?

No, you’re not. The issue of damage or theft will be handled according to existing school policy. Just as if a jacket or bike is stolen, calculator broken, or ball flattened, the issue will be handled by the school principal. However, in many BYOD policy documents, parents are encouraged to purchase additional insurance.

Am I going to have extra work?

Somewhat. There is a learning curve associated with familiarizing yourself with various web apps. However, on the plus side many web apps can save teachers time through automatically grading systems or allowing them easy access to student work digitally.

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Will students be able to access inappropriate content?

Somewhat. BYOD will allow students access to the school WIFI network. The Internet filter will work to restrict inappropriate web based content. However, this tool is not flawless and supervision will still be required. Moreover, since the device belongs to the student, theoretically they could install apps or have content that is inappropriate for a school environment. Handling this issue should be built into the BYOD policy. Bringing a device to school is a privilege that can be revoked if abused.

Will BYOD cause students a distraction?

Perhaps at first. Establish rules and routines to help students learn how to use their device appropriately. You will need to discuss explicitly how to behave as digital citizens and frequently revisit the expectations associated with having a device.

Will the use of the device be teacher directed?

Yes. Administrators will encourage you to develop curriculum that integrates the use of student devices. However, when and how they are used will be at the sole discretion of the teacher. There is the risk that students may complain that one teacher in the school provides them with more access than another teacher. Do not feel peer pressured. Encourage your students to respect the differences in their learning experiences and the requirement of different subject areas.

Will there be an increase of plagiarism?

No. Devices do make it easier to copy and paste digital content. However, students need to respect copyright laws. Discuss plagiarism and explain how to rephrase text and properly cite the source of information. As well, you can use online apps to verify the originality of student work.

10 More Classroom Management Tips for BYOD

BYOD creates new challenges for classroom management. Here are even more helpful tips! Read them and find the ones that are right for you.

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Use these tips to manage BYOD in your classroom.

1. Generalize Assessment Tools

With BYOD, often students are given the choice upon the product they create to demonstrate their learning. For example, one student may write a report, another create a video, and still another produce a Prezi presentation. Design assessment tools that focus on the performance criteria and then include general aspects such as quality, organization, style, originality, timeliness, work habits, or sources. This will allow you to use the same tool for different products.

2. Student Designed Assessment Tools

The type of digital products students can produce vary depending on the device. To aid in evaluation, challenge your students to design their own assessment tool. Many online tools can help them generate rubrics and checklists. Not only will this save you time, but also it is an excellent critical thinking activity.

3. Device Class List

Record the device type for each student (laptop, tablet, smartphone, nothing) in a class list. Use this information to organize groups, design activities, and create an equitable environment.

4. Classroom Experts

Produce a bulletin board that identifies classroom experts. Students can refer to the board to find help with using apps. Please note, peers should not install software on another students’ device nor alter device settings.

5. Back Up Plan

There are power outages, WIFI connectivity issues, and server failures. Plan for them. Design alternative lessons that can achieve the same goals without using technology. Just like how you have activities in a folder for a supply teacher, similarly keep a list of paper and pencil tasks handy as a back up plan.

6. Timely Troubleshooting

Technical issues will happen and you can’t have them derail a lesson. If a student is having a problem, encourage them to follow along with the student beside them until there is an opportune time to examine the issue in more detail. Much like sharpening a pencil, there is an appropriate time to do this task. Troubleshooting needs to be done at a suitable moment and students need to recognize that in some cases an immediate fix may not be possible. In this case, they will need to find an alternative way to complete the assignment.

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7. Power Up

Establish rules and routines for charging devices. Students are responsible for bringing their device fully charged to school in the morning. Should they need to recharge it throughout the day a charging station may be set up within the classroom. In this case, students need to bring their own connectors. Let students know that they cannot charge their device from any outlet in the school as this may overload circuits or create a safety risk. If a charging station is not available and a battery fails, students will need to find an alternative way to complete the assignment.

8. Diversity in Products

Design assignments that have a range of product options to demonstrate learning. Always include a traditional paper and pencil task or project for students who do not have a device.

9. Equal Access

Provide equal access to technology. For students who do not have a device create a lending library, use a bank of computers in the back of the classroom, book a mobile cart, or schedule computer lab time.

10. Role Play

Have students perform skits showing how to resolve problems with BYOD to demonstrate an understanding of the rules. Skit ideas include Power Up (How do you charge device?), In the Zone (Where can you use device?), or Coaches Corner (How do I get help?).