ECA BYOD for Grades 8 to 12


What & Why?

BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device” – it is a program where students bring in their own laptop to school. Beginning in 2017-2018, all students in grade 8 to grade 12 will be part of the ECA BYOD program and will be required to bring a laptop to school. Current trends in Educational Technology all point to mobility of devices that suit the individual’s need. The move to internet cloud computing and storage makes mobility even easier. Greater innovation and differentiation in the classroom means that students must become more independent learners. This means students must make more decisions on how and where to access the information they need, which in many cases will be different than their classmates sitting next to them. BYOD enhances that ability by enabling the creation of Personal Learning Environments by each student.

How?

Laptops must be purchased by families of the students participating. Although the ECA IT Department will be happy to make recommendations regarding individual devices, ECA will not be involved in the purchase of devices. Since many classes use specialty software that cannot be loaded on a tablet, we recommend that students purchase a laptop as a minimum, please see our recommended specifications below. For an individual class, an acceptable machine is one that meets the work requirements of the class in which you are participating. Some class work may need a laptop to load specific specialty software such as Adobe. You are fully responsible for your technology while it is at school. ECA is not responsible for the loss, theft or damage of your technology. When purchasing your laptop for BYOD it is highly recommended you purchase Damage Protection for your laptop.

Device Specifications & Software Requirements

The following table should help you in selecting and purchasing a laptop for your child to use while they are at Escuela Campo Alegre. Although iPads, Microsoft, and Android based tablet devices may serve well for most needs at school, they not serve for all needs. If a student is going to have a single device, we recommend a laptop. All devices must be registered to the ECA network before network services will be provided.

Machine Type laptop
Platform Windows or Mac OS
Screen Size 11 inches or more
Processor 1.6 Ghz or higher
RAM 8 GB or Higher
Hard Drive 128 GB or Higher
Operating System
(Must support English)
Windows 10 Professional or Higher;
macOS 10.12 or Higher;
WIFI Wireless adapter must support IEEE 802.11ac Wave 2
Ports USB or USB-C ports, Audio in/out, In-built microphone & camera, HDMI or VGA
Battery Life 6+ hrs
Warranty Recommended: 3 Year warranty with Damage protection
Accessories Earpods or Headphones
Software Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Software on Windows OS Machines

 

Digital Citizenship and Security

Through a focus on digital citizenship, your child will continue to learn digital skills, ethics, etiquette, and online safety. These are important aspects of participating in today’s digital world. To maintain a safe and secure learning environment, a filtered Internet connection will be provided for students.

ECA has a Responsible Use Policy for use of computers and other networked devices both internally and externally. The guidelines, rules, and recommendations shared in this document will be adhered to in the classroom and should also be reinforced at home. Even though you are using your own device, you must follow the rules while on the ECA Network. Of special note are rules prohibiting streaming of music, and videos for entertainment and the playing of online games.

Responsibility

Students are solely responsible for their device. They must bring it fully charged to school. Similar to other personally owned items, ECA is not liable for loss, damage, misuse, or theft.

Technical Support

Students will be able to connect their device to the school network. Your child must be familiar with how to use their device. Teachers will incorporate the use of your child’s device into learning. ECA will continue to provide the same tech support we offer now. All software problems will be handled by the IT Department. The IT Department will help diagnose hardware issues which must then be handled by a private service provider at the cost of the family. Temporary, short-term loaner laptops will be available for student or staff use in these situations.

Coursework at ECA

ECA is a Google Apps school and access to Google Drive is where students save and share documents. Students bringing their own device will NOT have access to server storage on the ECA network. In addition to a Google Apps account, teachers and students can share documents using our learning management system, Schoology. Students on BYOD are required to use and be signed in to the Google Chrome browser while on the ECA Network and during class unless otherwise instructed by their teachers or approved by the IT Director. Google Chrome works best with school-supported platforms and classroom management tools. We expect students to bring their laptop and charger to school every day. If you forget your laptop at home, you must do without the laptop for the school day. A laptop will not be loaned for this purpose.

Parent Recommendations

It is important to emphasize the fact that although a machine may be owned by the student or family, the same guidelines apply to the use of those devices as school owned laptops.

  1. Given that families own the devices, the same deliberate and appropriate care that is accorded other valuable personal belongings should be given to those devices.
  2. At school, students may not use the devices for personal or entertainment purposes of any kind during classes. In addition, due to internet bandwidth problems, during their free time, students should not download or stream videos, music, or play internet based games.
  3. When students are using the devices at home or at school for educational purposes, we encourage them to attend to one task at a time. While having multiple programs open at the same time may facilitate learning, all open programs should serve the same purpose with respect to task focus and accomplishment.
  4. At home, we recommend families set up work routines within which family time, homework, play, and socializing take place at separate and distinct times. While recognizing the value and necessity of multi-tasking, we recommend that the potential distraction of doing so be an on-going family conversation.
  5. We encourage a work environment at home that promotes trust, responsibility and accountability. Given the safety and family values concerns of some internet content, we suggest student work station placement provide all family members a direct line of sight to their laptop monitor and have on-going family discussions about appropriate Internet use. We advise that student passwords be written in a safe place and that parents have access to passwords.