The Fair Lawn Public School District is committed to aiding students and staff in creating a 21st century learning environment. Beginning in March 2012, we began a pilot a new program which will aid in this goal. Students and staff in the middle and high schools will now be able to access our wireless network with their personal devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, smart phones, etc) during the school day. With parental permnission and classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students. Many schools across the nation are implementing Bring Your Own Device programs for their students and staff. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus we are hoping to increase the access all students have to the technology they need to succeed.
What are the benefits of a BYOD Program?
- Makes possible a 21st century classroom
- Fosters student ownership of their own learning
- Student real time access to information
- Smooth transition between home and school
- Provides easier student access to online instructional materials
- Supplements school resources and equipmentThe program DOES NOT require that all students and staff bring their own devices to school. A student will not be penalized for NOT having a device. Although students will be able to access the school's network they will not be able to print to any school printer. Internet access will be filtered just the same as if a student were to log onto a school owned computer. The Tech department and teachers are not responsible for troubleshooting a student's personally owned device. PLEASE REFER TO THE BYOD - FAQ FOR MORE DETAILS.
The following is from an article covering the 7 Myths about BYOD: You can read the entire article here.
Our students are living in a digital world with ubiquitous access to technology. Not only is trying to ban kids from connecting digitally a futile effort, it also doesn’t prepare them for the digital world in which they live. “Without BYOD, at the end of each school day, students leave school and immediately turn on their devices and explore the web, often unsupervised,” explains Clark. “By banning devices, we close the door to authentic dialogue of how to use technology appropriately and prevent students from developing strategies for internet safety.”
Instead of banning and blocking, schools need to work with students to create responsible digital citizens and have necessary consequences in place when there are violations, just as is the case in real life. When we address the problem, rather than blame the tools, we move toward creating responsible students.