Tips for bringing a device to school (BYOD)
Oakwood is dedicated to helping your child grow, and strives to provide a world-class education for your child. In order to create an even better learning environment, many of our teachers have elected to adopt a “Bring Your Own Device“ (BYOD) policy in their classroom. In these classrooms, and at the parent’s discretion, students are encouraged to bring their own devices to aid with their learning.
Our teachers use technology to accelerate their best practices. Generally speaking, teachers who are encouraging BYOD use technology to create learning experiences that are even more authentic, student-led, collaborative, and individualized.
Every student is different and the needs of students vary depending on their age and the subject matter. These differences may mean that some classrooms may encourage and plan for everyday use of technology while other classrooms may be more likely to use technology on an occasional basis. Technology use (both frequency and purpose) will vary from classroom to classroom, so please reach out to your child’s teacher for more specific information on how they plan to use the devices that students bring.
As stated before, allowing a student to bring a device, or not, is at the parent’s discretion. When weighing whether to allow your student to bring a device with them to school or not, please keep a few factors in mind. Similar to other personal items students may bring to school like books for reading, bicycles, even paper and pencils, there is a risk that the item could be stolen, lost, or damaged. The school will not be responsible for theft, loss, or damage to devices. There will be advantages to your student having their own device like increased familiarity with the device, customization of the device to their preferences, ability to start and finish an activity on the same device at and away from school, but please consider the potential costs. You know your student better than anyone, and are the best judge as to whether they are mature enough to follow classroom rules regarding devices, treat the device with the required respect, and handle the responsibility!
Tips for sending a device with a student:
- Write down the serial number of the device
- Serial numbers can usually be found on the back, or bottom of a device.
- Consider insurance
- Home insurance, or companies like Worth Avenue Group offer insurance against damage, theft, and loss.
- Security/Tracking programs
- Programs or apps like Lost My iPhone, or Android Device Manager make finding, or disabling a lost or stolen device much easier than it used to be.
- Device recommendations
- Almost any device that can connect to the Internet will be useful.
- Laptops, tablets, or mobile
- Devices more than 5 years old offer limited usefulness.
- Please no gaming devices. For instance: Nintendo, or Playstation brand devices
- The district has found that Acer Chromebooks (C740, C730, C731s) in grades 3rd thru 12th, and Apple iPads in lower grade levels offer good functionality for the cost.
- If you are considering a purchase, and would like some advice, general recommendations from the district’s technology coordinator can be found on district’s website via the technology department’s page, or by using this link- Device Advice.
Although this article contains a lot of information regarding technology, our classrooms are so much more! When it’s used correctly technology is invisible - just a tool to help us with what we’re really doing. We have a great year planned for your student. We’re excited to get to know them, and help them grow!
*One extra note- Please be sure to look over the Internet Agreement in your student’s handbook, and especially consider checking the boxes that allow your student access to the Internet, Google account, and etc. Our school does many worthwhile activities that will be enhanced by these tools.
- Teachers designing great new learning experiences!
- Opportunity to bring and use devices. (Not required, and at your own risk)
- There are common tools, but doing what’s best for our students means that technology may be used differently from classroom to classroom (See your teacher for details)
- Although this article contains a lot of information regarding technology, our classrooms are so much more!