Bringing Your Own Device to School
my child have to bring a device? No,
it is entirely optional. We currently have 400 district owned laptops at the
Junior High, and over 500 for use at the high school, by those who do not bring in their own laptop.
pays for the computers? Computers
will be purchased and owned by individual families.
would I buy a laptop if the district has laptops on carts for students to share? This
is a parental choice; an option that is offered to interested families. The
program is a partnership with parents to provide greater access to technology
for all students. Current educational research has demonstrated that the closer
you get to 1:1 access to a laptop computer, the more likely you are to achieve
the following results:
have more control over their learning.
are highly engaged, more motivated to learn.
are more productive.
improve their problem-solving skills.
improve their writing skills.
improve their ability to collaborate.
already have a laptop. Do we need to buy a new one? No.
Just make sure it is in good working condition and has wireless Internet
capabilities. Make sure it has all MEVSD software installed, Microsoft updates, and anti virus. see Software.
happens if a family cannot afford to buy a computer device for their child? We
currently have approximately 400 laptops dedicated to the Junior High and . Students
who come to school without a device will have access to a laptop if the daily
learning experience calls for one. We are absolutely dedicated to the goal of
putting tools into the hands of all students to help support and enhance
kind of device can students bring? Laptop,
netbook, notebook, tablet pc’s. Phones and Smartphones are
not part of the BYOD program. It’s the teacher’s decision to determine
acceptable classroom use for regarding research from phones. The Kindle Fire,
iPads, and The Nook may be used for research on the
Internet but are not recommended devices.
the iPad appropriate for the school environment?
is our belief that appliance type devices, such as the iPad, are not replacements for PC's, as of yet. Much has
been written about the iPad as a great media
consumption device but it is lacking in the ability to create content. With the
current iteration of the iPad, there are definitely
limitations that we feel parents should be aware of when considering the
purchase of this device, including its lack of Flash Player for watching videos
and viewing many Web sites. We cannot recommend this option until we have had
more time to study its uses in the classroom.
device should I buy? Buying
a computer is a very personal choice; what one person likes on a computer,
another person may not. Ultimately, each person will need to choose the device
that works best for their child. However, here are some things to consider as
you explore the various options.
Notebook, Tablet PC?
sure of the differences between the three types of devices? See our
size screen should the device have?
the students will be toting the device back and forth to school, consider buying
a device with a screen size no larger than 14in.
are the recommended specs we should be looking for? See
are rough guidelines only.
else should we consider when purchasing a device? Battery
is one of the most critical barriers to a good computing experience. While
students will not be able to plug in when they have a low battery, a suggestion
is to get an extra battery. You may even be able to replace the CD drive with an
there any expected or suggested accessories?
Software (*see below)
portable computer sleeve
processor (*see below)
and hazard insurance
or ear buds for private listening
backup solution (external hard drive at home; backup service like Mozy or Carbonite)
software do I need on my child's device?
See our Recommended
pages. The most important item you can provide for your child’s device is
anti-virus software. Computer viruses on unprotected devices are the most common
issue encountered on student-owned devices. There are free anti-virus software
programs, such as AVG, Avast, or Microsoft Security
Essentials in addition to many products that require a paid subscription
(MacAfee, Norton, etc.). Note: many new computers come with free TRIALS of
software. Please ensure your child’s device is protected past the trial
good news is most of the software needed these days is web-based and often free.
An office suite is a good idea. Possibilities include:
Office Suite (Cost; search online for an educational
Office (Free download at
Docs: parental account for 11-12 school year. MEVSD
will roll out with a district license in the 12-13 school year.
then, it is not necessary to purchase an office suite of tools with Open Office
and Google Docs readily available. However, you might want to take a look at
buying Microsoft OneNote, a note taking application for students to manage and
organize their notes. There are no other required pieces of
I install software on my child's computer? Yes.
You have administrative rights to your computer and may install your own
applications provided that such applications do not violate the school's
Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
8th graders mature enough to handle the responsibility of carrying a laptop?It
is our belief that one day all children will carry some kind of a computing
device with them to and from school. It is up to teachers and parents to teach
students how to care for these devices in responsible ways. We will work with
the students by helping them understand the importance of caring for their
see this link to help answer those questions specific to your child. Teenagers Having
the use of computers affect my child's learning? Yes...in
a good way! Some of you may ask, "What about learning the basics, like Reading,
Writing, Math and Science?" A 21st Century learning environment begins and ends
with these subjects! Technology simply enhances, enriches and personalizes the
learning for each student.
can computers be used to support student learning? We
simply couldn’t say it any better than principal and educator, Geoffrey
computers are used to support program goals and meet individual student needs
they can help students work smart.
choices are provided and experimentation allowed, individual learning styles and
preferences can be accommodated and enhanced through the flexibility of the
computer to interact with pictures, words, numbers, or any other medium the
student is most comfortable with. The flexibility of the technology is the key
concept. Different students find different word processors, graphics packages,
databases, and spreadsheets more or less easy to use.
experiences designed by well-trained teachers can help students use computers to
develop strengths and overcome or neutralize weaknesses. Word processors do
improve writing and expression of ideas. Databases can be as rigid or open as
the student needs. Solving problems and answering questions are satisfying
outcomes. Students grow in confidence as they build their repertoire of
can be used to match the student's pace. They are patient and will hold on to an
idea for a long time. They do more complex tasks when students are ready to use
them in more complex ways. They provide information when the student is ready
students assume responsibility for the process, they work smarter. Computers
serve people. People define problems, set goals and objectives, and determine
roles. The better students understand the learning process, the better they will
learn from people. People are on the other end of the information and ideas
accessed through a computer. Students have contact with these people via
software, bulletin boards, or face to face in discussions and group projects.
Students can meet a lot of smart people through computers.
types of things will the students be doing on the
will use their laptops in focused, productive ways including:
studying and evaluating information.
online with teachers, students, other schools and other professionals across the
country and around the globe.
and applying relevant information as part of an informed decision-making
materials for assessment and learning how to structure
they be using the computers everyday and in every class? Students
will use computers when the learning calls for it.
is the benefit of bringing a laptop versus using a district-owned computer?
devices increase the opportunities for personalized learning since many students
have access to the Internet around the clock, connecting them to knowledge when
they need it. Work that is started at school can easily be retrieved at home,
creating a more fluid learning environment. This may include word documents,
multi-media presentations and online discussions with classmates. Additionally,
the more students who bring their own laptop to school, the closer we move to a
one laptop per child ratio, benefiting all students.
child’s laptop is a studio, laboratory, library, publishing house” ~Gary Stager,
students receive any special training on how to use their computers?
have a series of experiences planned that will familiarize students with their
laptop in an authentic, seamless manner. Students will also be introduced to a
tool box of Web 2.0 applications to enhance and support their
my child be expected to use his/her computer both at school and at home?
of the goals of allowing student devices is to provide universal access, meaning
access to the learning tools at home and school. We will guide and monitor
computer use at school and parents will need to guide and monitor use at home.
Please note that computers are tools for learning at school. They will
complement and enhance what we do; they will not replace other tools nor will
they replace face-to-face interactions.
will you handle students accessing inappropriate websites during school?
they permitted to use Facebook during
a doubt, the use of technology to support learning will continue to increase;
particularly as we begin to realize the tremendous potential these tools have to
help students learn. Simply setting up firewalls will not teach students how to
use the Internet safely and ethically. Parents and teachers must help students
learn how to do so. We will work closely with the staff to develop classroom
management techniques that will insure students’ safe navigation of the
Internet. In addition, digital citizenship will become a natural part of the
curriculum. Finally, the guest network will have the same filters as our
will you handle stolen or damaged laptops? The
Milford Exempted Village School District accepts no responsibility for personal
property brought to the school by students. Personally owned laptops that are
stolen or damaged are the responsibility of the student and their
parents/guardians. We will spend time helping students understand the
responsibility that comes along with owning a device. To deter theft, we will
have the students register their devices’ serial number. Families can also
consider theft/damage insurance and/or installing software such as Prey Software
happens to the computer when students are at lunch, electives, and assembly, or
participate in after-school events? The
laptop should be stored in the child's locker during these times.
is wrong with my child's computer. Who fixes it? The
upkeep of student owned devices is the responsibility of each student and their
family. We will provide a list of places in the area that troubleshoot and fix
are the students not permitted to bring the laptop to class in a laptop bag? Why
is a sleeve preferred? Laptop
bags and backpacks create multiple issues that greatly limited classroom space
and traffic patterns. This, coupled with other safety concerns, contributed to
the decision of no backpacks and laptop bags.
child's book bag is already too full; how do you expect him/her to carry a
laptop too? Currently,
many of the textbooks are already online and we will seek to one day have all
textbooks online. This will, of course, alleviate the heavy book bags and
overflowing locker situation.
concerned the laptop will not fit in his locker. Students
should try to keep locker spaces clean and free of unnecessary items in order to
ensure safe storage.
the students be allowed to share their personal device with others?
we appreciate the art of sharing, we believe the students should only be
permitted to use their own computer or computers owned by the district. This
will prevent students from being held responsible for damage to another
work adapted from an original student handbook from Forest Hills School