Mayer Lutheran will be implementing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach to technology integration into the curriculum starting with the 2019-2020 school year. Since many students already bring laptop devices to school each day, there is a good chance that you may already own a laptop that can be used in this program.
All students are expected to have their own device for the 2019-2020 school year.
The BYOD approach to technology integration allows students and parents to determine which device will be utilized to enhance the academic experience.
The implementation of BYOD will greatly benefit student learning:
- When every student has access to a device, they can immediately do research, write responses, and utilize educationally relevant apps. When class time is given to work on projects, they will have the technology that is needed with them.
- When the device is owned by the student, they become more efficient at getting work done at school and at home due to the familiarity they have with their device. Additionally, students take better care of a device that belongs to them.
- Teachers will be able to plan technology centered activities knowing that students will have access to devices every day in every class.
What specifications are required for these devices?
- Laptop with Windows, MacOS, or ChromeOS Operating system.
- Physical keyboard (Not just an on-screen keyboard).
- Minimum Battery Life: 6 hours.
- Wireless connectivity.
- Microphone and Webcam.
- All devices should be kept in a protective sleeve or laptop bag when not in use. (For more information refer to the FAQ document.)
- Students are expected to have earbuds with them so that they can listen to assigned content and not disturb the students sitting near them.
It is important to understand that a cell phone, iPad, or Android tablet are not acceptable devices. These devices are not designed for the efficient production of documents.
You will find information about device specifications, recommended devices, and FAQ’s on this page. After visiting this page, if questions remain please contact Mr. Matt McClintock (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any device questions or Kevin Wilaby (email@example.com) with any questions regarding the move to BYOD.
Mayer Lutheran is excited to be making this transition to a BYOD approach to education and to see students experience the benefits that will be realized in the upcoming year and in years to come.
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
- Do I have to purchase a new device?
- As long as your device meets the minimum requirements it can be used as their BYOD device.
- What new device should I buy?
- Refer to the Laptop Recommendations for ideas.
- Why can’t my son/daughter use their smartphone/tablet as a device?
- While these devices are useful for some tasks, the size of the screen and the lack of physical keyboard make them impractical as a serious tool for learning.
- Will the device be needed every day?
- Some classes will utilize a device almost daily, while others less frequently. By having a device with them, students will be able to efficiently use work time given during class to complete assignments.
- What happens if my student’s device is being repaired?
- Mayer Lutheran will have a limited number of devices to loan to students until their device is repaired.
- Does Mayer Lutheran monitor the device while it is on campus?
- Students devices connect through an Internet connection that filters web content.
- Teachers monitor device use during the class period and will let students know when they can use their devices.
- Do I need a warranty?
- If the decision is made to purchase a new device, we strongly recommend an accidental damage warranty be purchased.
- What should the device be carried in during the school day?
- A protective laptop sleeve or laptop bag with handles or shoulder strap are acceptable. These should be large enough to hold the laptop and charger, but not large enough to also hold textbooks and/or notebooks.