BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device” – it is a program where students bring in their own laptop to school. All ECA students in grades 6 to 12 are in the ECA BYOD program and are 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.
Device Specifications & Software Requirements
The following information should help you in selecting and purchasing a laptop for your child to use while they are at Escuela Campo Alegre. Since many classes use specialty software that cannot be loaded on a tablet, we recommend that students purchase a laptop as a minimum. 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 students must sign the ECA Student Responsible Use agreement before their device can be registered to the ECA network.
|Machine Type||Laptops – NOT netbooks or tablets|
|Platform||Windows or Mac OS|
|Screen Size||11 inches or bigger|
|RAM||8 GB or Higher|
|Hard Drive||128 GB or Higher|
(Must support English)
|Fully updated MacOS or Windows 10 Operating System|
|Battery Life||8 hrs or longer|
|Warranty||Recommended: 3 Year warranty with Damage protection|
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.