What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It allows students to bring their own computing devices, such as smartphones, laptops, e-readers, tablets or other mobile gadgets, to school during the school day for educational purposes.
Today’s students live in a world where they have immediate access to information anytime and anywhere. Many students have personally owned devices in their pockets that allow them to learn in their own style and pace. This will help them access high quality and rigorous instruction in every subject to maximize opportunities for success.
Coming in 2013-14 to four schools
Beginning in 2013-14, ASD will begin Phase 1 of BYOD in four schools (East, Chugiak and Eagle River high schools and Romig Middle School), with the goal of encouraging and supporting BYOD in all ASD schools the following year. Devices used as part of BYOD will connect to the school’s wireless network for filtered Internet access.
How it will work
Students will use their devices to complete class activities and homework, collaborate in real time, research projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, record journal entries and other approved instructional activities.
No student's learning opportunities or academic performance will be limited because he or she does not have an Internet-connected device"
Many lessons in BYOD classrooms are collaborative allowing students to work together, sharing information accessed through personal devices. When the work is individual, students may use computers and other devices located in classrooms or labs. No student’s learning opportunities or academic performance will be limited because he or she does not have an Internet–connected device to bring to school.
BYOD is specifically for use in classes where the teacher has permitted them. Unless otherwise noted, devices are not to be used in open areas (hallways, cafeteria, locker rooms, bathrooms, stairwells, etc.), per standard district policy.
Phase 1 schools will receive additional, focused support and monitoring during the initial year. It’s important to note that existing board policy allows for site-based decision-making regarding student electronic devices and the district will not discourage BYOD use in non-Phase 1 schools.
Evaluating the project
At the conclusion of Phase 1, school and district technology staff will examine the effectiveness of the project. This data will be shared with other building administrators, district leadership and the Anchorage School Board for consideration of a districtwide implementation plan and project support.