Monday, March 12, 2012

Our BYOD Policy and Process

Our school is in the midst of piloting BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) with students.  I like the way we've done the pilot- we basically opened it up for students before creating an official policy.  By doing this, we were able to see problems or issues come up naturally.  Instead of trying to guess and overthink all the potential dangers, we just dove in and dealt with reality.  If your school is moving in the BYOD direction, I highly recommend doing it this way.

So our process has looked like this:
  1. Start school, give students the password to the wireless and allow them to access the network with their devices.  Allowing this was completely at the discretion of each individual teacher.  Some teachers did not want to deal with it and some (many) went whole hog.  I think the variety was good to get different perspectives throughout the pilot
  2. Teachers experienced and dealt with issues that might come up (minor bullying issues, losing their stuff, items not charged, taking pictures without permission).
  3. Halfway through the year, we brought it up as a discussion point in our leadership team meeting- teachers/staff/parents voiced their concerns, issues, and solutions.  We are a school that already is progressive with things like grading policies (going for mastery, allowing multiple attempts, no zeroes, no grading on behaviors, but other more natural consequences).  Team decided to create a draft policy for next meeting.
  4. I researched other BYOD policies out there that addressed some of the same concerns we had.  I incorporated their ideas into our draft:  Links:  ,  (great ideas here!!)
  5. I brought the draft to our leadership team and we went through and made some significant changes that reflected our unique needs and perspectives.  
  6. This policy will become part of our official school policy that we work under moving forward.

So here is what we came up with- hopefully the process we went through and the policy itself can help steer you in your own directions with BYOD- feel free to use any ideas herein (and definitely check out the policies and ideas above):


JN Fries Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Policy

Technology plays a large role in our students’ lives.  Personal devices can enhance and enrich learning opportunities both at home and at school.  JN Fries is committed to allowing responsible, learning-centered use of personal devices at school so as to provide as many pathways to understanding as possible for our students.

General Info
Access to the JN Fries wireless network, whether with school-provided or personal devices, is filtered in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).  However, access from personal devices is limited to Internet use only.  Students will not have access to any documents  that reside on the school network from their personal devices.

Access to the JN Fries wireless network is a privilege, not a right.  Any use of the wireless network entails personal responsibility and compliance with all school rules.  The use of the Cabarrus County Schools’ network also allows IT staff to conduct investigations regarding inappropriate Internet use at any time, by administrator request.

Guidelines for use
·         Use of personal devices during the school day is at the discretion of teachers and staff.  Students must use devices as directed by their teacher.
·         The primary purpose of the use of personal devices at school is educational.  Personal use for personal reasons is secondary.
·         The use of a personal device is not to be a distraction in any way to teachers or students.  Personal devices must not disrupt class in any way.
·         The use of personal devices falls under Cabarrus County Schools’ Acceptable Use Policy, found in the student handbook
·         Students will refrain from using personal devices outside of their classroom unless otherwise directed by their teacher
·         Students shall make no attempts to circumvent the school’s network security and/or filtering policies.  This includes setting up proxies and downloading programs to bypass security.
·         Students shall not distribute pictures or video of students or staff without their permission (distribution can be as small as emailing/texting to one other person or as large as posting image or video online)

Consequences for Misuse/Disruption
(one or more may apply):

·         Device taken away for the period
·         Device taken away and kept in the front office until parent picks it up
·         Student is not allowed to use personal devices at school
·         Disciplinary Referral resulting in ISS or OSS

School Liability Statement
Students bring their devices to use at JN Fries at their own risk.  It is their duty to be responsible in the upkeep and protection of their devices.

JN Fries Magnet School is in no way responsible for:
·         Personal devices that are broken while at school or during school-sponsored activities
·         Personal devices that are lost or stolen at school or during school-sponsored activities
·         Maintenance or upkeep of any device (keeping it charged, installing updates or upgrades, fixing any software or hardware issues)


Mr. Sanidck said...

is the access just web? for windows machines do you do a virus check?

Steve Johnson @edtechsteve said...

Yes, they are only allowed access to the web- they do not access our school network folders. This works out well for us, as we are also piloting the use of Gaggle in our school- which allows students to save files, assignments, etc., to a digital locker through Gaggle. So they are still able to move, edit, send files through their web use.

We do not do a virus check. I've been told by our IT people that the way our network is set up protects against this as long as they are restricted to web only.

DCPS said...

This is great just what I have been looking for thank you. We use eLockers for the online folders. Ideally suited to mobile devices but use WebDAV to map drives to personal machines although web access with drag and drop is fine. Any other advice on network security, the have's and have not mentality, time on computers - limitations to protect health and safety etc?