Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program to be piloted during 2nd Semester

What is BYOD?
A program that would allow students who choose to bring their own internet-capable devices to Cashton Middle/High School to have access to the district wireless system.  The goal of this document is to inform parents, students, and teachers about the guidelines created to support the implementation of this policy.

Cashton Schools are committed to fostering a nurturing and engaging learning environment that empowers all students to reach their fullest potential.   In recent years, specific action plans have been created to provide our students with the opportunity to access information and communication technologies.   Specifically, the district has invested in a robust wireless network, a diverse selection of educational electronic devices, and technology integration professional development opportunities for staff.  In our continuing efforts to provide more access for students, we are going to pilot a new set of guidelines that will allow students to bring their own wireless mobile learning devices beginning on January 31, 2013.  The policy will allow students to access our secure network with their own device within the school day through a common portal.  Eligible devices include personal laptops, netbooks, and other tablet devices (such as an IPAD, Nook, or Kindle).    

One important note:  The BYOD program doesn’t pertain to cellular devices.  If the device has the capacity to make a phone call, then it is not an eligible device for the BYOD program.  The use of personal cell phones to make calls or to text is not allowed during the academic portion of the school day.  Phones should be off and stored in lockers during the school day.  Students have the opportunity to use their phones prior to 8:05 am and after 3:11 pm each day.  In addition, high school students can use their phones during the lunch period and during EBLOCK if they qualify for Eagle Pass.

We are excited to offer this opportunity for our students and believe it will provide benefits in learning for students.  We have developed guidelines in order to ensure that the focus of our BYOD program will be on learning and promoting the development of valuable 21st Century learning skills.   We have the capacity to filter and monitor student use while they use the district network to collaborate, complete assignments, access resources, read, or research.

Users will be prompted to accept terms of use prior to accessing Cashton’s guest wireless network.  Those who do not accept the terms of use will not be able to access our network.  The terms of service prompt will appear each time an outside user attempts to log into the network.  Once on the network, all users will have filtered access to the internet, just as they would on a district-owned device.  

For more information about the specific policies, rules, and for answers to frequently asked questions, please visit refer to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program Information Packet 

Interested in learning more in the program?
We will be hosting two BYOD information open houses for parents and community members.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, you are invited to attend the following sessions:
Tuesday, January 22 at 7:00 pm and Monday, January 28 at 7:00 pm.  The meetings will be held in the conference room.

If you have questions, but are unable to attend the open house, please contact Mr. Bell at 608-654-5131 ext.202 or belld@cashton.k12.wi.us.



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