• Acceptable Devices

     

    • Any device that can access a wireless network is acceptable; however, phones and iPad/Android tablets are not devices of choice in our BYOD classrooms.  A device with an integrated, physical keyboard, such as a Chromebook or a laptop is most ideal.  These devices are easily able to use all features available through the free WCPSS Student Account Google Drive, Google Classroom, and other online learning management systems. 
    • Chromebooks are typically more reasonably priced and work very well in the BYOD environment. 
    • See the summary of other acceptable devices below.
    • There is no minimum requirement for local storage on your device, but please be aware that some class projects may require a larger capacity. 
    • On any device, you will be asked to download Google Drive to access your WCPSS Student Google account. You will be storing many documents/forms/spreadsheets along with other web tools that have online storage of your files. 
    • If you don't have a device available, teachers will make all efforts to give you access to the Internet through a school-owned device/computer. Most classrooms have 8-10 school-owned laptops, ranging in age from 2 to 10 years. 
       
       

      Devices

      Description

      Possible Uses

      Positive Applications

      Potential Negatives

      Preferred:  

      Laptops

      (Ex: Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, etc.)

      A laptop is a portable and compact personal computer with the same capabilities as a desktop computer.

      THIS IS A PRIMARY DEVICE.

      • Easily connects to student’s Google Drive

      • Online Research

      • Taking Notes

      • Word Processing

      • Wireless WiFi Access

      • Records images

      • Ease of connecting to student’s WCPSS Google Drive for access to Word Processing, Slides, etc.

      • Ease of  participating in interactives and virtual labs

      • Full keyboard

      • Portability

      • RAM/ Storage = Speed!

      • Larger screen

      • Battery longevity

      • Weight: can be heavy

      • More expensive

      • Vulnerable to theft and damage

      Preferred: Netbooks

      (Ex: Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, etc.)

      A netbook is a small, light, low-power notebook computer that has less processing power than a full-sized laptop but is still suitable for word processing, running a Web browser (Chrome, Firefox) and connecting wirelessly to the Internet.

      THIS IS A PRIMARY DEVICE.

      • Online Research

      • Taking Notes

      • Word Processing

      • Wireless WiFi Access

      • Records images

      • Portability

      • Smaller than a laptop with most of the applications of one

      • Ease of connecting to student’s WCPSS Google Drive for access to Word Processing, Slides, etc.

      • Ease of  participating in interactives and virtual labs

      • Full keyboard

      • Lighter

      • Less expensive

      • Low RAM/storage

      • Small screen

      • Limited Power

      • Vulnerable to theft and damage

      Preferred: Chromebooks

      (Ex: Samsung, Google Pixel, Acer, etc.)

      A Chromebook is a laptop-like device running Chrome OS as its operating system. The devices are designed to be used primarily while connected to the Internet, with most applications and data residing "in the cloud".

      THIS IS A PRIMARY DEVICE.

      • Online Research

      • Taking Notes

      • Wireless WiFi Access

      • Records images

      • Portability

      • Ease of connecting to student’s WCPSS Google Drive for access to Word Processing, Slides, etc.

      • Ease of  participating in interactives and virtual labs

      • Full keyboard

      • Speed of access

      • Ability to load Apps

      • Inability to save information to device.

      •  Vulnerable to theft and damage

      Not Preferred

      Tablets

      (Ex: iPad,

      Samsung, etc.)

      A tablet is a computer that accepts input directly onto an LCD screen rather than via a keyboard or mouse. The devices are designed to connect to the Internet, while also allowing for the saving of applications and data.

      THIS IS A SECONDARY DEVICE

      • Online Research

      • Taking Notes (limited)

      • Wireless WiFi Access

      • Records images

      • Student Response

      • Portability

      • Speed of access

      • Ability to load Apps

      • Touchscreen

      • Student response

      • No physical keyboard

      • More vulnerable to theft than larger devices

      • Limitations modifying documents in Google Drive

      • Not easy, and often impossible, to  participate  in interactives and virtual labs

      • Small screen

      Not Preferred

      Smartphones

      (Ex: iPhone, Samsung, Droid, etc.

      A smartphone is a cell phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touchscreen interface, Internet access, and an operating system capable of running downloaded applications.

      THIS IS A SECONDARY DEVICE

      • Online Research

      • Taking Notes (limited)

      • Wireless WiFi Access

      • Records images

      • Student Response  

      • Portability

      • Speed of Access

      • Ability to load Apps

      • Touchscreen

      • Student response

      •  More vulnerable to theft than larger devices
       
      • Small screen
       
      • Difficult and time-consuming to modify documents in Google Drive
       
      • Not easy, and often impossible, to  participate  in interactives and virtual labs