BYOT Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the purpose of BYOT?
Loudoun County Public Schools embraces the importance of technology in the educational lives of students. Access to technologies enables instant access to a wealth of information, references and collaborative resources on the web. These resources can support the learning activities that are a part of daily classroom instruction. BYOT supports the 5Cs of 21st century learning: Communication, Creation, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Contribution. LCPS believes that learners should have access to multiple tools to support the 5Cs. Do all LCPS schools support BYOT? Yes, all schools are engaged in BYOT.
Can I VPN or use 3G/4G/5G at School?
When you are in the LCPS environment, you should use LCPS-Open to ensure you are on a protected network that is filtered. VPN or 3G/4G/5G access is discouraged; more information is available in the Student Technology Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy.
Is there a specific device that is recommended?
There is no specific BYOT device recommended for students. Laptops, tablets, iPads, and/or Chromebooks are all acceptable options. If you have any specific questions, please contact Nick Grzeda at Nicholas.Grzeda@lcps.org.
What accessories may be recommended for use with the device?
Protective case or cover
Anti-virus software (highly recommended)
Students will not be required to add any apps or software applications to his/her device to accommodate classroom use of the device. Students will have access to division-provided web services, e.g. VISION, and a cloud-based productivity platform via the internet.
What training and information is available for students, teachers, and parents?
Digital Curriculum and a number of resources are available through Common Sense Media and Google's Be Internet Awesome.
Educational technology staff provide training to teachers on responsible and appropriate use, and sample instructional practice.
Teachers and Administrators will provide expectations to students on responsible and appropriate use of devices for learning.
Who will provide technical support for BYOT devices?
No Division IT, Instructional Staff, nor Office Staff (School Secretaries and Parent Liaisons) will provide technical support or troubleshooting for personal devices that malfunction or will not connect to the wireless network. Students and parents are expected to have a thorough understanding of the devices that students are bringing to school and how they operate.
How will safety and security of the devices be provided?
When connected to the LCPS-Open Network, content filtering is enabled and monitored for Internet activity.
The student is ultimately responsible for the security of his/her personal device. No portable device should ever be left unattended. When not in use, the device should be with the student or in a secured location.
Unattended devices will be turned in to school administration.
LCPS is not responsible for loss, damage or theft of any personal electronic device. Any loss, theft or damage is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian.
Personal Property Insurance (in Spanish) is available for students or parents wishing to further protect their device.
When are BYOT devices used?
Teachers determine when BYOT devices should be used according to the intended learning outcome of each lesson. Students should follow the rules communicated by each teacher.
When can special device features, for example video recording, be used?
No unauthorized image, audio or video recording will be permitted. Specific permission will be granted by teachers for recording as needed to accomplish specific instructional activities. Use of devices in locker rooms or bathrooms is prohibited.
Are students able to print from their personally owned devices?
How do students charge personally owned devices during the day?
Students are expected to bring their BYOT devices fully charged for the school day.
What policies govern the BYOT initiative?
All rules and regulations set forth in School Board policy, the Student Technology Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy, BYOT Parent/Student Agreement, Student Handbook and Code of Conduct and applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations will be enforced.