Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)
In Livingstone Range School Division we believe our role is to be leaders in providing quality education to rural students in a dynamic learning environment.
Allowing students to bring their personally owned device into the classroom offers the opportunity to enrich the learning in K-12 classrooms across the division. These devices will provide better access to digital content which will create increased collaboration, communication, cooperation, critical thought, innovation and exploration for both staff and students. With strong pedagogy and responsibility, Personal Owned Devices will improve our capacity to meet the wide variety of student needs and truly personalize the learning for our students.
The following outlines some of the benefits Personal Owned Devices can provide students in learning.
Bring Your Own Device:
A Guide for Schools, Alberta Education, 2012
- The means for students to pursue lines of inquiry and interest in the academic disciplines and beyond.
- The opportunity for learners to collaborate with teachers and peers and to express themselves and their ideas most effectively.
- A vehicle for personalizing learning in ways that ensure each student is fully engaged in learning and is successful in attaining established learning standards.
- Opportunities for student choice in the use of multimedia to explore, research, think, synthesize, analyze, evaluate, communicate and express ideas in high-quality products.
- A platform and forum for students’ voices.
- Access to digital content and digital learning environments that provide multiple pathways to learning.
- Connections locally and globally that add authenticity to school work. This enables students to learn while pursuing real-world issues and topics of deep interest to them, both individually and collectively, within their communities of interest and beyond.
- Platforms from which to learn about and attain high standards in digital citizenship.
- Opportunities for students to construct ideas, opinions, arguments and evidence-based reasoning collaboratively.
The following are guidelines to implement BYOD within in our school division:
- Notification of Stakeholders
- In a time, place and method that works best for your community, communicate the intention of the school to allow Personal Devices in the learning environment.
- Include the goals, vision, plan, and reasons why your school is moving forward
- Include guidelines and recommendation for staff, student and parents
- Include resources that are available online to support the community in this process
- Digital Citizenship audit and plan to teach Digital Citizenship
- Determine the need of your staff, student and parent population. (some schools have used surveys and questionnaires)
- Determine how students will receive Digital Citizenship training (ADLC course, ETAC lessons)
- Guidelines/ recommendations development for general population
- As a group develop norms of use, determine when it is appropriate and when it not appropriate to use Personal Devices in the learning environment.
- Include as many stakeholders as possible in the conversation
- Implement guidelines throughout the school
- Completion of digital citizenship lessons and introduction to the school community
- Ensure that all students have signed and understood the user agreement
- Ensure that students have received adequate training in Digital Citizenship and positive behaviors online.
- Discuss the norms and guidelines with the school community before going live
- Targeted measurement of personally owned devices in classes, evaluation, and presentation of findings to Staff/ETAC at year end.
- Choose a group to follow, measure how, when and why students use their Personal Devices
- Determine what worked well, what didn't work , what needs improvement
- Share your findings with the learning community and with the Division through ETAC
Personal Owned Devices Links
- Back-to-School Rules for Cell Phone-Carrying Kids
- The Horizon Report
- Media Smarts
- B-Free Anti-Bullying Resource (Alberta Government)
- 14 Tips to Make BYOD Programs Work for You
- BYOD Research
- BYOD Guide (rev. 2012-09-05)
- Network Responsible Use Agreement
- Frequently Asked Question from Parents: Personally Owned Devices (2015)