As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) is applicable to grades 7 - 12. In this initiative, students are encouraged to bring their own technology devices to school to assist in their learning experiences
For the purposes of BYOT, “technology” means a privately owned wireless device including laptops, computers and tablets (i.e. iPads, or similar). It does NOT include cell phones, iTouch, or iPod devices (or similar).
Students will be expected to access the internet through the ELFBC Wi-Fi network, which will be available in buildings with instructional classrooms. All students will complete a Student/Parent Contract for BYOT, which requires that they use the ELFBC Wi-Fi network to access the internet. Once on the ELFBC Wi-Fi network, all users will have filtered internet access. The ELFBC Wi-Fi network is filtered in accordance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
Only the internet gateway provided by the school may be accessed while on campus. Personal internet connectivity devices, such as hotspots, are not permitted. Students are also not permitted to use proxy programs such as VPNs. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken for students that do not abide by these guidelines.
SECURITY AND DAMAGES
All students and parents are required to complete and sign a BYOT contract. Device serial numbers and MAC/WiFi addresses will be recorded on this contract. However, responsibility to keep the device secure rests with the individual owner. ELCA is not liable for any device stolen or damaged on campus. If a device is stolen or damaged, it will be handled through the School Resource Officer, similar to other personal belongings. It is recommended that serial numbers be recorded and stored off campus. It is also recommended that skins (decals) and other custom touches are used to physically identify your device from others. Additionally, protective cases for technology are encouraged.
BYOT Areas for device use:
|Area/Time of Use for BYOT Devices||Use Permitted?|
|High school break||Staff discretion|
Click on the links below for additional information for BYOT:
ELCA BYOT LETTER TO PARENTS
HOW TO FIND YOUR DEVICE MAC ADDRESS