• FAQs
    • What Devices Can Be Used in HRMS BYOD? 
      Holly Ridge Middle School defines “devices” as privately owned wireless and portable electronic devices that can be used for wireless internet access, word processing, image/video capturing, sound recording, and information transmitting. 

      What is the Purpose of BYOD? 
      HRMS BYOD is available to students to support learning, enhance instruction, and provide the best possible outcome for student learning.

      Who Decides When Students Use BYOD?
      BYOD will be used for instructional purposes only. Teachers will communicate to students when BYOD is appropriate. 

      Can Students Share Devices? 
      Students understand they are prohibited from using any student’s device other than their own.  It is clearly written in the contract that students are responsible for their own device(s).

      How Do Students Sign Up for BYOD?
      Students and parents will sign the HRMS BYOD contract and return to their homeroom teacher. 

      What Happens if Students Misuse Their Device? 
      BYOD is a privilege. There will be consequences if you are not following proper BYOD classroom procedures.

      What Happens if a Device is Lost or Stolen? 
      By allowing a student to bring a device to school, the parent assumes liability for any damages or theft. School administration will investigate the issue and follow student conduct policy if needed. Students take full responsibility for their devices.  Personal technology should not be left on campus before- or after-school hours.  

      What Tech Support is provided? 
      Students will be responsible for troubleshooting their own devices.

      What Network is BYOD?
      Schools that are a part of the BYOD program have a separate network SSID.

      Can BYOD Devices Charge At School?
      HRMS is not responsible for providing facilities to charge devices; devices are expected to be charged at home and put away after the battery loses its charge.

      What kind of software is required for word processing?
      There will be no required software.

      The contract mentions a Wake policy. Please provide a link to that policy so we know what we're 'signing.' "Wake County Public School System Student Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources according to Board Policy 6446"
      WCPSS Student Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) School Board Policy 6446: This policy governs the use of WCPSS electronic information resources and defines students' proper conduct and responsibilities while using WCPSS electronic information resources. The entire AUP Policy can be located on page 17-19 in WCPSS Student Parent Handbook. or click here: http://webarchive.wcpss.net/policy-files/series/policies/6446-bp.html

      How can you ensure that students are not texting and are appropriately using their device? 
      Teachers will monitor student use of devices through a school-wide set of norms and rules. 

      How will parents be involved in the BYOD process? 
      Parent information sessions will be held to familiarize parents with the BYOD program at HRMS. 

      How is BYOD going to be useful to the students and teachers?
      BYOD allows for students to learn the way they live. BYOD is available to students to support learning, enhance instruction, and provide the best possible outcome for student learning. BYOD empowers each student to be a responsible citizen of the 21st century. BYOD supports our school mission. It also provides teachers with the opportunity to become instructional designers who develop thoughtful lessons. 

      Can students bring portable chargers?
      Yes, as long as it does not require electricity.

      Can students be on their 3G/4G/LTE network before and after school hours?
      While on school grounds, students should be on WAKE-BYOD WiFi. 

      Can the contract be accepted with addendums/additions?
      No. Student/Parent contracts are only accepted as written. Modifications are not permitted.

      If a student doesn't have a device, what do they do while those that have one are using their devices?
      BYOD is not designed for a 1:1 ratio. Teachers are designing instruction that is collaborative in nature and school owned devices are being used to supplement if needed. If technology is used to enhance and enrich a lesson the teacher will make sure devices are equitable throughout the lesson. Additionally, all core instruction teachers will have 10 laptops in their classroom beginning with the 2017-18 school year. 

      Is an iPod touch or an older smartphone useful as a BYOD device?
      Any privately-owned wireless device could be used as a BYOD option.

      I want to buy my child a new device for the BYOD program.  Any recommendations?                                                                                          A relatively inexpensive opton would be a chromebook.  These internet-only based laptops work really well with google apps for education (GAFE), which is what WCPSS moving towards. 

      Students must agree not to use cell service while connected to the school wireless. Isn't that unrealistic? Now that they're allowed to have their phone out in the open at times (when permitted), they'll use social media and texting. 
      Teachers circulate the classroom and monitor student use of devices. If students don't follow expectations for device usage, privileges will be taken away.