What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It allows students to bring their own computing devices, such as smartphones, laptops, e-readers, tablets or other mobile gadgets, to school during the school day for educational purposes.
Today’s students live in a world where they have immediate access to information anytime and anywhere. Many students have personally owned devices in their pockets that allow them to learn in their own style and pace. This will help them access high quality and rigorous instruction in every subject to maximize opportunities for success.
Devices used as part of BYOD will connect to the school’s wireless network for filtered Internet access.
How it will work
Students will use their devices to complete class activities and homework, collaborate in real time, research projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, record journal entries and other approved instructional activities.
No student's learning opportunities or academic performance will be limited because he or she does not have an Internet-connected device"
Many lessons in BYOD classrooms are collaborative allowing students to work together, sharing information accessed through personal devices. When the work is individual, students may use computers and other devices located in classrooms or labs. No student’s learning opportunities or academic performance will be limited because he or she does not have an Internet–connected device to bring to school.
BYOD is specifically for use in classes where the teacher has permitted them. Unless otherwise noted, devices are not to be used in open areas (hallways, cafeteria, locker rooms, bathrooms, stairwells, etc.), per standard district policy.
Evaluating the project
School and district technology staff continue to examine the effectiveness of the project. This data will be shared with other building administrators, district leadership and the Anchorage School Board for consideration of a districtwide implementation plan and project support.