Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Responsible Use Guidelines
The guidelines below apply to any and all digital devices students may be using in school, including but not limited to laptops, smartphones, mp3 players, etc. and extend to the school’s classroom computers.
I. Technology Maintenance
Each user is responsible for his/her own use, and should treat and use technology responsibly and appropriately, computers and computer accessories are sophisticated devices that require care and gentle treatment to function properly; if you mistreat your device it will likely run poorly or malfunction.
II. Ethical use of Technology
Students may use digital devices in supervised areas including classrooms, the cafeteria, and the library.
Being a Good Digital Citizen
The way we use technology tools to communicate information has a powerful effect on our learning community. Responsible use will lead to better, more effective learning while irresponsible use will diminish it. A strong respect for the principles of digital citizenship is essential for us to live our mission at ISPS.
Enforcement of Policy
Any student, who is found to have engaged in conduct that may be prohibited by this policy document, may receive education, training, counseling, warnings, discipline, and/or other measures designed to prevent future violations including loss of access privileges.
- Deliberate attempts to violate the ISPS Technology Acceptable Use Policy or to compromise, degrade, or disrupt system performance may result in restricted use of technology at school or other appropriate consequences, such as limiting, suspending or revoking a student's access to the school's technology systems or the network.
- The student is further subject to the Disciplinary Code of Conduct and Consequences as published annually in the Parent-Student Handbook.
ISPS has fully adopted PowerSchool Unified Classroom as its main resource for saving and sharing documents. Students bringing their own device will NOT have access to server storage on the ISPS network. ISPS is in the process of moving most digital content to the cloud-based platforms. In addition to PowerSchool Unified Classroom, teachers and students can share documents using Google Drive.
Students on BYOD are required to use and be signed in to the Google Chrome browser while on the ISPS Network and during class unless otherwise instructed by their teachers or approved by the IT Department. Google Chrome works best with school-supported platforms and classroom management tools.
We expect students to bring their laptop and charger to school every day. If you forget your laptop at home, you must do without the laptop for the school day. A laptop will not be loaned for this purpose.
Student Device Expectations
- Students should bring their preferred earbuds or earphones to use with their devices.
- Devices must arrive at school with a full charge. Cords and connectors should be brought, just in case.
- Often students use different devices to perform different tasks. However, students will be limited to a maximum of TWO (2) devices, so as not to overload our network. This could include a phone OR iPod OR tablet, etc. That is, one device in addition to the required laptop.
- ALL families will be asked, to agree to the Student Acceptable Use Policy the first week of school.
- Grade 5 students may bring a laptop for school as an option, but they must also meet all the same criteria as the grade 6-12 students.
- Lower grades are asked NOT to bring digital devices to school at this time. Pre-K-Grade 2 students have access to classroom sets of iPads and Students in Grades 3-5 have access to classroom sets of Chromebooks.
- Who is responsible for purchasing education specific software on student owned devices?
- Who is responsible for the maintenance and updates of these devices?
- How do students store and share their digital work?
- Do I need to purchase Insurance for my BYOD device?
- How do we ensure students remain “cybersafe” in and out of the classroom?
- How do we ensure access to the same applications for students?
- What are the guidelines for responsible use of these devices?
- Which laptops are acceptable/approved?
- What Operating System must be installed? Can I use a Mac?
- What if I forget my laptop at home?
- How many devices can I bring?
- What are the rules about surveillance (monitoring student laptops)?
- How can I use my laptop during my free times?
- What are the rules about games?