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Chelmsford Public Schools
Technology and Information Services
Guidelines for Bring Your Own Device

In the high school, students are allowed to bring their own personal computing devices with them to school. The following simple guidelines are in place to ensure that students are responsible and respectful users of these devices so that all learners may benefit from wireless access as part of the instructional program. Bringing a personal computing device to school is a big responsibility. Parents and students in the high school should consider together whether or not it is the right choice for an individual student.

  • Only use your personal computing device in class when your teacher gives permission
  • Always be fully engaged in your class work
  • Know and respect the responsible use guidelines for technology – they apply to your own personal computing device
  • Secure your personal computing device in your locked locker when it cannot be with you

Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I use my personal computing device in the high school?

High School Personal Computing Device Use

  • Before/After School – Yes
  • In class when my teacher approves – Yes
  • During lunch – No

Where can I use my personal computing device at school?

  • The high school is completely wireless, however the best places to use your Classrooms, Learning Commons

Where shouldn’t I use my personal computing device at school?

  • Cafeteria, Locker Room, Gymnasium, During Assemblies
  • Personal computing devices should be locked in your locker when not in use.

What if I don’t have a personal computing device? Will I miss out on instructional opportunities?

  • Absolutely not! Students are not required to bring their own personal computing devices, even if they own one. Students who do not bring personal devices will be provided with a school-owned computing device when digital tools are being used to enhance learning in the classroom.

What if something is wrong with my personal computing device or I don’t know how to use a program?

  • Our technology staff is not able to repair or troubleshoot personal computing devices for non-connectivity issues. Make sure that your personal computing device meets the minimum technical specifications for connecting to our wireless network and that you are familiar with the programs and applications you want to use for your personal productivity at school. If you just can’t get something to work, set up an appointment to see Mrs. Sweeney or Mr. O’Sullivan in the high school technology office. They will work with you and our technology staff to find the best solution.

What if my personal computing device is stolen?

  • We expect that our students will demonstrate good judgment and take the proper steps to ensure the security of their personal devices while at school. We recommend that you label or engrave your name on your personal computing device and use your device’s password protection feature. If you cannot have your device with you (such as at P.E., in the cafeteria, during after school activities, etc.), you must secure it in your locked locker. As with all personal items, students bring electronic devices to school at their own risk. The Chelmsford Public Schools cannot be held responsible for stolen, damaged, or misplaced items.

This following text is good teacher guidelines written by John O’Sullivan:

Bring Your Own Device Classroom Teacher’s Guide

What is “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD?

Bring your own device means that students and teacher can bring in electronic devices for use in the classroom. This could be a notebook/laptop, cell phone, tablet, or any other electronic device.

Do I have to allow students to use their own device?

No. It is up to the classroom teacher to decide whether or not to allow students to use their own devices and what the classroom rules are.

What are my biggest concerns as a teacher with “Bring Your Own Device?”

  1. A.     Security
  • Digital Citizenship is basic etiquette or reasonable conduct that when using a computer in a public place. A basic conversation about social etiquette on the computer is appropriate.
  • Any embarrassing topics, personal information or controversial subjects should not be goggled during class. Since students have his or her personal device the conversation has to be more detailed.
  • Students who come into school with his or her own device might have files or previous internet history that might not be acceptable for school.
  • Students might also take videos with an iPhone or an iPad that might be total fine outside the classroom but a distraction during class.
  • Let them know they are responsible for whatever is on his or her home personal device while in school. It would be a good idea to tell them to delete or remove anything of questionable value.
  1. B.      Classroom Management
  • When you start a BYOD in your classroom you need a policy or rules. It is the same exact concept as when you tell students on the first day of class what your classroom rules are.
  • First tell them what a laptop or cell phone can be used for.
  • Make a list of simple guidelines. Next make guidelines for what not to do during class. That is already and Acceptable Use Policy for Chelmsford Public Schools.
  • As a teacher you can decide on what days your students can and cannot use their own device. Your police should list what activities in class the device is going to be used for.
  • Students and teachers should aware of Chelmsford Public Schools Acceptable User Policy. The policy can be found on the Chelmsford Public Schools website under technology.
  1. C.      Troubleshooting the Device
  • Most students that have a laptop, iPhone, iPad, know how to use the device. We can give basic directions about how to connect to the internet. However, we cannot support countless different devices. Allow students to troubleshoot and fix her or her own device. If they cannot they can allow a friend to help them.
  • You have to make alternate arrangements to print student’s work. You cannot print to the network as of now with home devices. Students can save work to the X2 student locker, a flash drive, or to an email accounts and then open assignments on a school owned computer to print. Then the students can print his or her work.

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