Technology in the classroom is an excellent way for students to learn, practice and develop useful skills in this digital world. In 2015, Loudoun County Public Schools began implementing BYOT, Bring Your Own Technology, which encourages students to bring their personal technology tools to school for learning. As students utilize their personal technology devices in school, they can learn new ways to use them for collaborating and interacting with their teachers and each other to research information, solve complex problems, create original products, and publish their work.Although any device will be helpful, devices which allow the student to create content (Netbooks, Chromebooks, laptops, tablets) and which have a keyboard are best suited, and often less expensive than devices designed for consumption (cell phones), but both types of device are acceptable.Students must have a Loudoun County Public Schools Acceptable Use Policy Agreement form (AUP) signed by both the student and parent/guardian in order to participate in BYOT. By signing the form, students agree to the above-mentioned policy, including the following items, when using their personal device at school
- LCPS / Potomac Falls assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of any device
- Students may not share personally identifying information online (student number, full name, address, phone number)
- Headphones must always be used with audio, and sound must be inaudible to others
- Classroom use is permitted at the discretion of the teacher
- Devices may not be used in locker areas and bathrooms, or anywhere there is an expectation of privacy
- Camera use only when directed by a teacher, with permission of those being filmed
- Charging is the responsibility of the student.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of device is best?Devices which have a keyboard are more useful for the creation of content, and more versatile than those designed mainly for consumption of content (cell phones). Netbooks or Chromebooks, or small laptops are good choices, a tablet with a keyboard also provide opportunities for creating content. If a student already has a cell phone, and no other device is available, cell phones may also be used. Devices must be designed to access a wireless network.
Should I purchase a device for my child to use?This is a family decision, some families elect to purchase a device for their child to bring to school, some families elect to send a device they currently own, other families choose to purchase the device as a birthday or other occasion gift for their child, and some families will rely on devices already provided at school. Families may make different decisions for different children, based on the needs and maturity of the individual child. LCPS plans to extend the BYOT program to all schools in September 2016, which will extend the value of any device purchased for this program.
What else might my child need?Make sure that your device has some sort of antivirus protection. A protective cover or case will provide additional protection for your child's device. Earbuds allow students to listen to audio with their device, and must be used when accessing any content that includes video at school. Earbuds are less expensive, easier to carry / less bulky than headphones, which may be more appropriate for home than school use.
Does my child have to bring a device to school?If your child does not have a device which you are willing to send to school and a device is required for a classroom activity, one will be provided to him/her.
Can my child print from his/her device?No, with the use of Google Classroom, VISION, Office 365, and other online resources, student work may now be submitted directly to the teacher in an electronic format. This eliminates the cost and inconvenience associated with printing student work, and allows teacher to provide feedback directly to the student without the need of printing.
Will my child be able to charge his/her device at school?While there may be a limited number of charging stations available, it is advisable that students charge their devices fully, at home, each night. Devices may not be directly plugged into LCPS owned computers, so students may wish to bring a power cord for devices which are unable to remain charged as long as needed. Power cords should be clearly labeled with student name so that they can be returned if left plugged in once charging has been completed. Portable chargers may be a solution for some devices.
What if my child loses their device?
Students are 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.When a device is found, it will be checked against the Valuables Registration form. Please, before bringing a device to school, register it using the Valuables Registration form. That will help us return found devices to their rightful owners. This information will only be accessed by the Safety & Security Office and TRT.To further protect your device, read this information on Personal Property Insurance.Additional FAQ (LCPS BYOT website)