What is BYOD?

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) allows students to use their own technology during the day to enhance the learning experience. Examples of the types of technology which can be used are Windows laptops/tablets, Mac laptops, Android tablets, and iPads, among others.

Participation by students in the BYOD program is not required. The BYOD program is currently only available to high school students. Teachers must still use division-issued assets to access the network.

Minimum Specifications

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General Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) specifically for BYOD?

There is a BYOD permission form that must be signed and returned at the beginning of each school year. The BYOD permission form will be included in the Welcome Back to School packet sent home each September. New students will also have to acknowledge both the AUP and BYOD form after registering. If you have any questions about the form, please contact your child’s school.

How will students be using devices as part of their academic work at school and home?

Your children’s teachers will be letting you know how they plan to integrate the utilization of devices into their teaching and learning environment in the classroom.

If a teacher is delivering a lesson that uses these devices, will my child be at a disadvantage if he or she does not have one?

No. The school or division will provide a device for interactive lessons requiring a device.

Am I still held accoutable for the Acceptable Use Policy I accepted at the beginning of the school year even though this is my own personal computer?

Yes. The Acceptable Use Policy remains in effect even when you are using your own computing device such as a laptop, smartphone, iPad, etc. Violating the terms of the AUP is a Student Code of Conduct violation.

What will happen if a student does not follow guidelines for use?

If a student is not following the developed guidelines for the use of his or her personally own device, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the regular discipline process if the infraction warrants. If the student’s BYOD privilege is removed, the student will continue to have network access by using a division computer device.

How will theft, loss, or damage of a personally owned device be handled in a school?

The guidelines for the BYOD program specifically address the risk of students bringing their own devices to school. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices.

Who is responsible for maintenance and repair of student owned equipment?

It is not the responsibility of WJCC staff to fix/repair/troubleshoot individual devices. Check the owner’s manual for issues that may arise or take the device to a computer repair shop.

Will students be able to recharge devices during the school day?

Students should not have the expectation that they will be able to charge devices at school.

Will students be able to use ear buds or other types of headsets?

Students may use these during class with the permission of a teacher or administrator.

Will students be able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video)?

With the permission of the teacher or administrator, students may make recordings.

Can teachers require students to bring their own devices?

No. Students are not required to participate in the BYOD program.

Will students be able to use their devices before or after school? During lunch? In the Media Center?

Access to devices at school outside of class time will be determined by each school – please refer to your school’s procedures.

How will teachers prevent students from texting their friends or surfing the Web?

Students should be instructed to put devices away when they are not completing a specific instructional task. Teachers should always be mindful of what students are doing during class.

What network account/password do students use to access the BYOD network?

Students use their normal credentials that they were assigned at the beginning of the school year.

Wireless Frequently Asked Questions

Why am I filtered on my own device?

Internet filtering is a requirement of all public schools. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered, regardless of the device you use to access it while in a public school. The network you are using while at school belongs to WJCC and will be filtered.

I brought a device to school and my teacher will not allow me to use it. What should I do?

The teacher has the final say on classroom procedures. If your teacher asks you not to use your device, you should follow his or her instructions. Although access is available, it is not guaranteed for every classroom situation.

I have a data plan from a provider (AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc.) on my digital device that allows Internet access without using the WJCC student network. Is this allowable?

Students are expected to follow the Acceptable Use Policy when accessing the Internet through any device. Students should not access the Internet through any cellular data provider while on campus.

My personal device does not give me a prompt to choose a wireless network. What should I do?

Check the settings menu of your device to see if there is a network access icon. Select this icon and choose the BYOD network from the list. Be sure to consult the owner’s manual of your device to get exact directions for accessing wireless networks.

What is the range of the network?

The range of the network will depend on the infrastructure at your school. Physical structures such as walls will impact the range of the signal.

Will there be technical assistance provided to access the wireless network?

Since there are hundreds types of devices that may be brought to school as part of the BYOD program, there is no technical assistance provided other than providing the name of the wireless connection. Students will be expected to know how to connect their devices.

I need to save my work to the WJCC network. Can I?

Yes. A student will be able to save work to either local storage on the device or to Classroom Community.

How will students be able to print?

Generally, students will not have the ability to print from their devices in school.