Bring Your Own Device Information

  • Technology has become an essential part of education. To be able to live, learn, and work successfully in our information-rich society, students must be able to utilize technology effectively.

    Many students’ lives today are filled with technology, giving them access to information and resources. Empowering students to control and be at the center of their learning, GFPS allows high school students to use personal technology devices for educational use, with teacher discretion. This practice began in the fall of 2015.

    In the past, the use of computing devices not owned by the school system has not been allowed during the school day. With many students owning mobile computing devices and frequently using these devices for their school work while at home, Grand Forks Public Schools has recognized the need to allow high school students to utilize their own technology in a more seamless way at school.

    This change will be referred to as Bring Your Own Device or BYOD. Please note that personally owned devices are a supplement to the technology already accessible to students while at school. BYOD is an optional program and parents are not required to purchase a device for their child. Our high schools have added Chromebooks for students to access. Listed below are a few of the important points:

    • A filtered Internet connection at schools will be provided for students to use for educational purposes.
    • Students and parents/guardians will need to complete the “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Personal Student Laptop/Tablet Use Agreement” before the device is brought to school.
    • The student will be solely responsible for any equipment they bring to school. Grand Forks Public Schools is not liable for damaged, lost, or stolen equipment.
    • Grand Forks Public Schools employees will not provide technical support for personal devices brought to school.
    • All students must adhere to the Acceptable Use Policy as established by Grand Forks School Board Policy #5331.
    • When students use technology inappropriately while on the school network, the same consequences apply, regardless of who owns the device.

    For additional answers to frequently asked questions, please see the additional attachment. A website has been created within the GFPS website (bit.ly/gfpsbyod) which includes documents and information on the BYOD initiative. More information on high school BYOD and the “Student Laptop/Tablet Use Agreement” will be included in the summer “back to school” packet.

Documents

  • What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

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    For purposes of BYOD, “Device” means a privately owned wireless and/or portable electronic hand held equipment that can be used for word processing, wireless Internet access, image capture/recording, sound recording and information transmitting/receiving/storing, etc

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  • What is the goal of BYOD?

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    BYOD addresses 21st Century instructional practices which foster student academic engagement through the promotion and utilization of appropriate technology tools to enhance the teaching and learning process. Students will use their devices to complete in-class activities, complete homework, collaborate in real time, research for projects, access websites with curriculum-related content, keep track of classroom assignments, and other approved instructional activities.

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  • Is it required that my student has their own device?

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    BYOD is an optional program and parents are not required to purchase a device for their child. High schools have also added more Chromebooks for students to access.

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  • Who is allowed to bring a device to school?

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    Any high school student whose parent/guardian has signed the “Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Personal Student Laptop/Tablet Use Agreement” form (which will be available on this website or in the main office at your student's school). Participation in this program should be considered to be a privilege, which can be revoked if the BYOD policies are violated.

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  • Does the school system provide any technical support for my student's device?

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    No, we do not. All support will need to be handled by the owner of the device.

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  • I’m worried that my student's device will get damaged. What can I do to lessen that chance?

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    We recommend using some sort of protective case; Grand Forks Public Schools assumes no responsibility for damage.

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  • How is theft, loss, or damage of a personally owned device handled in a school?

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    Responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. Grand Forks Public Schools is not liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the administrative office similar to other personal artifacts. It is recommended that labels and other school appropriate custom touches be used to physically identify the device from others.

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  • Will my child be able to charge their device while at school?

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    We cannot guarantee the availability of any power outlets and/or opportunities to charge devices.

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  • Is the device be protected with Internet Content Filtering?

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    To facilitate instruction and practice internet safety, our internet connection is protected by an internet content filter. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires all network access to be filtered regardless of the device used to access it while in a public school. Students are only allowed to use a Grand Forks Public Schools Wi-Fi internet connection with their BYOD device while on district/school property.

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  • What document governs the use of BYOD?

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    The student use of a device on the premises of GFPS is subject to all guidelines, rules, and regulations governing acceptable use as established by the Grand Forks School Board, Policy #5331 and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Personal Student Laptop/Tablet Use Agreement. If a student is not following the developed guidelines for the use of their personally owned device, an administrator can revoke the privilege through the regular discipline process.

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  • Are students able to print?

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    Students do not have the capability to print from their devices in school.

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  • Are students able to record teachers or classmates (audio or video) or take a photograph?

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    With the permission of the teacher or administrator, students can make recordings or take a photograph. The use of such recordings or photos is restricted to classroom projects as authorized by the teacher and highlighted under the FERPA policy opt-out option D.

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  • Can a student use another student’s device?

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    Because of the inherent nature of personally owned devices, devices should only be used by the owner of the device. In addition, having physical access to a personal device also provides access to personal information (emails, text messages, etc).

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  • Is virus protection required to be installed on the device which will be used at school?

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    All laptop/tablet type computers are recommended to have virus protection.

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  • What if a teacher does not allow the device to be used in class?

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    The teacher has the final say on procedures in the classroom. If he/she asks students to put "devices away" (not to use technological devices), then students are to follow those directions.

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