BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology, is an initiative of Cabarrus County Schools to allow students and staff to bring their own devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, e-readers, iPads, iPods, smart phones, etc.) to school to use for instructional purposes and school business. The faculty and staff of Harrisburg Elementary School wants to encourage students to assess their own learning needs and be able to determine which tools(devices and online tools) will successfully meet their needs. We believe students are capable of making intelligent, innovative, and appropriate choices.Why BYOT?
- increased access to technology(instead of relying on computer labs)
- expansion of technology use for educational purposes, more tools available for classroom instruction
- familiarity of using personal devices
- increased 21st Century teaching & learning opportunities
- allowance for blended learning
- more engaged students, less discipline issues
- less software and consumables purchases
- greater opportunity to go paperless
- mirrors college/higher education expectations regarding the acceptable use of personal technology in an educational setting
- promotes Harrisburg Elementary School's vision to be a learning community which will stimulate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving, and literacy in all students while promoting respectful, responsible, and well-rounded global citizens.
- students not following set policies
- theft and/or vandalism
- student equity
- Internet filtering
- technical support
We believe the teacher is the director of his or her class. The teacher knows best when and what technologies to use to enhance instruction. Therefore, it is the teacher's call whether or not to allow students to use their devices in his or her classroom. By allowing students to bring their own devices, we are hoping to increase technology available inside the classrooms; subsequently, expanding educational opportunities for teaching and learning.
The following are responses to issues that cause concern:
- Any unauthorized use of personal devices will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.
- Students are personally and solely responsible for the security of their electronic devices. The school system is not responsible for theft, loss, or damage of any kind to a personal electronic device.
- Not all students can afford their own personal device. Efforts will be made to ensure access to school computers for all students.
- CCS has purchased the Bradford appliance which will allow students and guests to connect to a guest wireless network in schools. Internet filtering, meeting all CIPA requirements, will be in place, even on the wireless network.
- Technical support of personal devices is limited to the user's own knowledge and troubleshooting skills. There are no funded technical help positions available within the school system.