BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
Rolesville Middle School is beginning a school-wide Bring Your Own Device program in 2016-2017. Mr. Cancellieri has led the BYOD program at RMS by initiating the pilot program two years ago.
The first (and most important question) that teachers and parents ask when they hear about Bring Your Own Device programs (BYOD, also known as BYOT) is "Why are we encouraging students to bring and use devices that are normally banned in school?" The answer is twofold. First, having small devices with internet browsers readily available every single day has a remarkable effect on student learning. The use of technology moves from being a once-in-a-while event to a normal part of every school day. Under supervision, students can access online resources to enhance their learning. They can use the devices to submit work and to complete short assessments. They can even learn to check their school email and monitor their own grades. Once these habits develop, the technology becomes a useful tool rather than a novel toy.
The second reason that BYOD is a very positive thing for students is that they learn more positive and productive uses for their gadgets. Students begin to realize that the screens that they normally stare at to play a game, read a Facebook post, or listen to music can also be powerful tools for taking control of their own learning. In the end, that is the most meaningful outcome of a Bring Your Own Device program: students taking ownership of their own education. We hope that you will agree.
What can my student bring to school?
The details of what types of devices are allowed in school as part of BYOD are listed in the letter that was sent home with each student. Basically, the ideal device is a smartphone, tablet, or iPod touch. However, a small laptop is also acceptable, if somewhat unwieldy. Gaming devices are not allowed.
Who is responsible if a device is lost, stolen, or damaged?
Wake County Public Schools, Rolesville Middle School, and Mr. Cancellieri can not be responsible for the devices that students bring in. Students will be encouraged to bring their devices to Science class once per day, but the devices must stay secured in their locker during the rest of the day. Students and families are responsible for the safety and security of these devices.
What rules and limitations are imposed on student use of devices?
There is a short list of guidelines that parents and students must agree to before the student is allowed to bring the device to class. Violation of these rules is punishable by confiscation of the device (to be picked up by an adult) and/or suspension of BYOD privileges. You can find these guidelines on the Responsible Use Policy that was sent home with students.
Please contact Mr. Cancellieri (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any additional questions or concerns regarding the BYOD program in his class.
Classroom BYOD Links