Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an initiative that encourages students (and staff) to use their own electronic devices in classrooms to personalize their learning. While all are encouraged to bring their own technology to school, formal BYOD programs have clear goals for student use within a classroom.
Bring Your Own Device fits in well with our primary goal for student technology use in Black Gold:
- Core subject classrooms have readily available digital tools and media that engage learners and teachers in the collaborative pursuit of challenging and personalized curricular experiences reflective of today’s global, digital world.
- A focus on higher order thinking skills
- Collaborative learning environments
- Personalization of learning
All schools in BGRS have a public wireless system for students and staff to connect their personal devices. A BGRS username and password is all that is required. All students are encouraged to bring their own devices, even without a formal Bring Your Own Device project in a school students can still leverage their device for learning. Cell phones are commonly used in classrooms and can be connected to the wireless so they don’t use the cell phones data plan. All students must adhere to the admirable use agreement as well as school rules when using any device. Any students who do not adhere to these policies will lose the privilege of bringing their device to school or using a school device.
Teachers across the division have been using portable devices, laptops and netbooks, in classrooms since 2008. This has helped prepare them for the increasingly common sight of technology in the students hands such as tablets, cell phones, laptops and even gaming systems that come to school with internet access. It has also allowed them to learn the different modalities of teaching with technology and assess when its use is appropriate. Administrators in the schools have become involved assessing its effectiveness in the classroom to increase higher order thinking skills, collaboration and personalized learning.
Please note that in our Bring Your Own Device projects, purchasing a device is not mandatory – while we encourage students to bring devices they already own, you are not obligated to purchase a device for your child.
For students that do not have a device, forget their device, or choose not to bring one, in formal BYOD projects, classrooms will have approximately 20 devices available for students use.
Inspiring Education and the upcoming new curriculum in Alberta Schools in 2016 or 2017 calls for an increase in leveraging technology for learning. Alberta Education has released the Learning and Technology Policy Framework for school divisions to plan for the greater integration with technology.
Students are permitted to bring their devices to school however, they are responsible for securing them in their locker. If students bring their device to class, they will need to put it in the Device Garage in the classroom. Teachers will allow students to use their devices for educational purposes when appropriate.
Students are allowed to briefly check their devices at recess and lunch. Students are not allowed to take the devices outside at recess or use them during the eating period. Devices are also not allowed in the washrooms or change rooms.
We are encouraging our students to have face to face conversations and interactions during recess and lunch. If you need to contact your child, please call the office to leave a message.
Please note that during Emergency Protocols (Lock Down, Hold & Secure, Shelter in Place, & Evacuation)- there will be no use of cell phones or other devices. This also includes parents/guests who might be visiting in the building at the time. Please respect our school protocols as this ensures the safety of all in our building.