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FAQs: About the program | Network | Digital Citizenship
- Do I have to supply a device for my child to bring to school?
- No, it is not mandatory for students to bring a device, even if they do own one. Use of personal electronic devices will be optional. The school will provide access to devices when technology is required.
- What device should I purchase?
- Any device you purchase for your child is based on your discretion. It can be a laptop, tablet, e-reader or smartphone. In order to be compatible with class lessons, the device must be able to connect to the school wireless network. Please note gaming devices or consoles, laser pointers, modems or routers and televisions are not permitted.
- No specific software is required. Educators will attempt to take advantage of whatever software is available on the device. Parents are encouraged to provide protection software on the device to prevent malware and viruses. If specific software is required, the school will provide access on district-owned devices.
ASD uses Google Docs to store student work. This is a web-based file storage system providing many productivity tools including a word processor, spreadsheet program and a presentation program. Students will be able to use these capabilities provided by ASD, through Google Docs, rather than purchasing software.
Because purchasing an electronic device is a personal choice, this policy encourages students to purchase and use the productivity tools that best suits one’s personal needs.
- When can my child use his or her device at school?
- A device must be used for educational purposes under the direction and supervision of school personnel. Usage is not guaranteed and is based on the discretion of the teacher.
- What happens if my child runs up cellular network charges while using the device at school?
- Students must use the school Wi-Fi network. Any cellular network charges due to unauthorized use will be the responsibility of the parent.
- Will my child be able to access inappropriate content?
- BYOD will allow students access to the school Wi-Fi network. The network is filtered to block access to inappropriate content. However, no filtering system is perfect. If students inadvertently access content that is unsuitable, they should inform their classroom teacher. Any intentional attempt to circumvent the network filter is a violation of the district's Internet User Agreement and is subject to ASD discipline policy.
- Is it possible for students to perform all their schoolwork using personal devices in the classroom?
- No. Use of the device will vary depending on the learning outcome. Some assignments will still require students to complete work by hand or use traditional instructional materials such as printed books. In some cases, the teacher may have a system for handing out and accepting work electronically, however this will vary depending on the situation.
- Will my child be able to text friends during class?
- Use of the device will be limited to educational purposes. Students may exchange messages under the direction and supervision of school staff as it relates to the assignment. Any unauthorized exchange of messages is a violation of district policy.
- Can I contact my child using the personal device during school hours?
- Contacting your child during school hours via text messages, emails, phones calls, or other digital means can disrupt the learning environment. If you need to contact your child, please phone the school office.
- What if my child’s devise is stolen or damaged?
- Students bring electronic communication devices to school at their own risk, just like any other personal items. The school will not be held responsible if an electronic device or other item is lost, stolen or misplaced. Contact school staff or the School Resource Officer if your child’s device is stolen. To aid authorities, it’s advised that you label the device, record device details such as make, model, serial number and install tracking software. It is also recommended that parents contact their insurance company to obtain hazard and/or theft coverage.
- What happens when my child’s device battery dies?
- Your child is responsible for bringing his or her device fully charged to school each day. It is advised that if one battery does not provide the required length of use then a second battery should be purchased. Charging stations will not be provided. If your child’s device battery dies, your child is responsible for finding an alternative way to complete the assignment.
- What happens if my child forgets their device at home?
- Your child is expected to come to school prepared to learn. Students will be encouraged to store their files using a web app, making their work accessible through any device with access to the Internet. If deemed essential, your child will be able to access his or her work using a school-owned device. However, if this is not available, your child must find an alternative way to complete his or her work.
- Does my child have to share his or her device?
- No. Your child should not lend his or her device to another student. It is for your child’s exclusive use. From time to time, an assignment may have a collaborative component in which students work together in partners or small groups. In this learning situation, your child will maintain sole use of their device.
- Can a teacher confiscate or search my child’s device?
- Yes. School staff can confiscate a device if they suspect a breach of the BYOD policy. If there is suspicion of inappropriate content or misuse, school staff can search the device with the expressed consent of the parent.
- Will cyber-bullying increase now that students have devices while in school?
- Digital citizenship is an important element of the BYOD initiative. Students must learn how to behave responsibly when using technology. Bullying of any kind will not be tolerated and is a direct violation of the existing Students Rights and Responsibilities.
- Will my child have access to technical support while at school?
- Your child must be familiar with how to use his or her personal device. Instructions will be available to explain how to access the school Wi-Fi network. However, school personnel will not troubleshoot hardware, software or network issues.
- Will students be able to use ear buds or other types of headsets?
- Students may use these during class with the permission of the teacher or administrator.
- Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video) or take a photograph?
- With the permission of the teacher or administrator, students can make recordings or take a photograph. The use of such recordings or photos is restricted to classroom projects only as authorized by the teacher and with a signed media release if students are included in either the photo or recording.
- I have my device with me in class. How do I get on the Internet now?
- Most devices will detect a wireless connection when you are near one. Most of the time devices will ask you if you would like to join the network when prompted. Choose ASDBYOD and log in with your ASD credentials.
- My device is not prompting me to choose a wireless network. Is there another way to connect?
- In the settings menu of your device, there is usually an icon for a network, go to this icon and choose ASDBOYD from the list or prompt your device to look for wireless networks in range.
- I need to save my work in a network folder. Why can’t I access this resource?
- You are on the guest network. It is not the same as the network you would normally access from a school device. You will not see your network folder, so you will need to save your work in another place. Some options include a flash drive, on your own hard drive, or in Google Docs.
- I need to print the assignment I just completed, why is there no printer when I try this?
- Like the network folders, printers are networked differently in the school and will not be available when you log in to the guest network. Some network solutions include saving it to a flash drive or printing it from home or another school device. Keep in mind that using school printers in the classroom or other learning spaces is at the discretion of the teacher or other school administrator.
- Why am I filtered on my own computer? Shouldn’t I be able to see what I want to on my own device?
- Internet filtering is a requirement of all public schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered regardless of the device you use to access it while in a public school. You own your device, but the network you’re using belongs to the school and Internet access will be filtered.
- Am I still held accountable for the Internet Use Agreement (IUA) I signed at the beginning of the school year even though this is my personal device?
- Yes, students using a personally owned device must have signed the Internet Use Agreement.
- How will an administrator have the ability to revoke a students’ BYOD privilege?
- If a student is not following the developed guidelines for the use of his or her personally owned device, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the regular discipline process.
- How can a teacher or staff member tell if a student is using a 3G/4G wireless connection to the Internet rather than the school division’s wireless access?
- While it can be difficult to tell at times, if a staff member sees a student accessing a website that is typically blocked from the ASD network, the student is likely on 3G/4G connection. The quickest way to help enforce this is by observing what students are accessing.
- How will teachers prevent students from texting their friends or just surfing the Web?
- Students should be instructed to put devices away when they are not completing a specific instructional task. Teachers should always be mindful of what students are doing during class.