BYOD

Why BYOD?

At WGSG, our mission is to inspire excellence, confidence and resilience in each student. As leaders in the use of technology, we encourage creative and innovative learning.

Today’s students are already technology leaders. They want to take the technology they use in their daily lives and make it a normal part of their classroom experience. Research tells us that if we reflect this in their learning experiences, we will increase engagement which leads to improved student success.

What is BYOD?

BYOD means students ‘Bring their own device’ to school for educational purposes. In the classroom, students must use devices responsibly, and only with the permission and direction of the teacher or other staff member.

Of course, technology alone will not improve learning — when combined with the right instruction from skilled staff, amazing things can happen. The increased use of technology will help student success today, and for the future.

Here’s why personally owned devices work best:

  • Students are usually experts with the device they have, and customize it to their learning needs.

  • Students can use it to learn anytime, anywhere.

  • Students can collaborate with their peers after school, about their school work.

  • Student-owned devices are typically more up-to-date than those schools can provide.

  • School-owned devices are expensive and can be hard to sustain.

Which device would be best?

Parents have asked us, “What device should I buy for my daughter?” There is no “one size fits all.” Ultimately, the decision about what device to use is yours, as parents.

If your daughter already has a device, there is probably no need to purchase a new one. If you do need to purchase a device, consider elements such as:

  • the functionality (as shown in the table above)

  • your daughter’s learning preferences – for instance, is it important to her that she uses a keyboard?

  • your daughter’s comfort with the device – is she familiar with a particular operating system?

  • the price

  • logistics – for instance, how far and hard is her journey to school to carry the device?

At WGSG, we aim to include everyone. If you need financial help to purchase a device, please refer to our changing and remissions policy on our website to see if we can help.

How will my daughter be safe with her device?

As parents, you will be concerned about your child keeping her device safe. In a BYOD environment, devices are out in the open so students are more aware of their devices, particularly as they have ownership of the device. Typically, we have  seen few thefts and lost devices previously.

Clear sanctions are in place for inappropriate use of devices or theft, as well as lockers with a padlock being provided for all students to secure their belongings. Ultimately, though, students are responsible for lost, stolen and/or damaged personal electronic devices, just as they are for any other personal items they bring to school.

If you plan to send your student to school with a device, please purchase insurance to cover it for loss or damage. You may consider purchasing a protective case. Also, some devices have a built-in locator that you should enable.

Students are required to use the school’s wireless network, which they will access for free, while at school. They will not be permitted to access their paid data plans while in school, and their devices should be switched to airplane mode with Wi-Fi enabled with the sound turned off. The network’s filter will also help to prevent students from accessing inappropriate web content while they are logged on at school.

The BYOD and Wi-Fi policy gives you more information about the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the BYOD scheme.

How will this help my daughter's learning?

Students are going to live and work in a world where people use their devices regularly. They need to learn to use technology safely, effectively, ethically and respectfully.

With wireless technology (Wi-Fi), teachers will begin to incorporate more digital resources and learning styles into their lessons. These resources have changed the learning landscape, accessing web-based content, resources, experts, research and collaboration tools that would be difficult without BYOD.

Using their devices, students can:

  • access websites for research

  • create photographs and videos

  • create and edit documents and presentations

  • access curriculum-based games/apps

  • access and edit wikis, blogs and podcasts

  • take notes

  • complete calculation/graphing activities

  • use a planner/calendar to manage their time effectively

  • access maps

  • take part in polls to feedback

  • as well as many other ways

Who to contact

If you have any questions about the BYOD scheme or need some advice, please contact Garry Simmons (sgsimmons@wgsg.co.uk), or Rob Atkins (sratkins@wgsg.co.uk). Alternatively you can phone the school on 01322 226351 and we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

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