Frequently Asked Questions
How does BYOD work?
BYOD allows students to turn their personal devices into learning devices while freeing up access to school computers for those students who might not have their own.
What type of devices may students bring?
Any device that is portable and can provide Internet access can be used. That would include mostly smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Why is it advantageous for students to bring devices from home?
Students in BYOD see their own personal devices as something more than just a toy or a phone. They will now be able to appreciate them as learning devices. Also, we are seeing a lot of creativity going on. Students are excited and motivated to perform learning tasks on the devices they bring from home. It’s a “familiarity” thing for them.
What about equity? Will students who cannot bring their own devices from home be at a disadvantage?
All learning activities that students can do with their personal devices will also be able to be performed with devices the school provides. Full access is made available to each and every student. BYOD will encourage students to see their personal devices as tools for learning and not just as “toys” for gaming, texting, etc. This can foster collaboration among students, as well.
What about internet safety?
Safety and security measures are in place for personal devices just as they are for equipment provided by the school. Wi-fi access will come with the same security walls, etc., that are in place for all school devices.
When may I use my device?
You may use your device only during the times your teacher asks you to use it in class. Your teacher is the one that determines whether or not you will be needing your device during his/her class period.
How do I access the internet?
Your teacher will give you the code/access for you to log onto a special BYOD wireless network, different from the one that is used for instruction. Click here for specific instructions.
Do I need to pay for any applications or programs for my device?
WCPSS has provided email and Google accounts to all students. Most other tools will be web-based and should not cost anything. There may possibly be a time when a specific application/program is required by a teacher, much like a specific folder, binder, paper, project material would be required for a class. This would be subject/class specific.