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
CEBES want to encourage students to assess their
own learning needs and be able to determine which tools will
successfully meet their needs. We believe students are capable of
making intelligent, innovative, and appropriate choices.
- increased and immediate access to technology
- expansion of technology use for educational purposes and classroom instruction
- familiarity of using personal devices
- increased 21st Century teaching & learning opportunities
- allowance for blended learning
- more engaged students, fewer discipline issues
- fewer software and consumable purchases
- greater opportunity to go paperless
- mirrors college/higher education expectations regarding the acceptable use of personal technology in an educational setting
Issues That Cause Concern
- students not following set policies
- loss, theft, and/or vandalism
- student equity
- Internet filtering
- technical support
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 decision 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.
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.
all students can afford their own personal device. Efforts will be
made to ensure access to school computers for all students.
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.
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.