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BYOD-Bring Your Own Device

Today's students are leaders in the use of technology. They want to take the technology they use in their daily lives and also make it a normal part of their classroom experience. To date, all the research indicates that by reflecting this in their learning experiences, we will improve student success.

This is why the Peel District School Board’s Vision for 21st Century Teaching & Learning, which trustees approved in March 2012, is so exciting. The board’s $7 million investment in technology for all Peel students will ensure our schools are increasingly connected and relevant in the 21st Century.

An important part of the board’s 21st Century Teaching & Learning initiative is the board’s adoption of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model. BYOD is a technology model where students bring their personally owned devices to school for educational purposes.

It’s important for you to know that students are not required to BYOD. Instead, we invite you to send your child to school with a personal device. Devices and other technology are available for student to use at school.

Digital citizenship

We embrace the use of personal devices in a respectful and responsible manner, in keeping with school codes of conduct and the Peel board’s Digital Citizenship Policy #78. You can find the policy here: http://bit.ly/PeelCode The Code of Conduct, found later in this agenda, and academic integrity apply to the use of technology whether students are accessing information from school or home.

Lost, damaged or stolen devices

We know, as parents, you’re concerned about your child keeping his/her device safe. In a BYOD environment, smartphones, tablets and netbooks are out in the open and used more often so students are more aware of their devices. Typically, fewer thefts and lost devices are reported. This being said, ultimately, students are responsible for lost, stolen and/or damaged personal electronic devices as they are for any other personal items they bring to school.

If you plan to send your child to school with a device, please consider purchasing a protective case, etc. Also, some devices have a built-in locator. We recommend that you enable this feature, if possible. Schools will also have a plan to help students keep their devices secured.

Why BYOD?

Technology alone will not improve learning. Combined with the right instruction and used responsibly, technology in the classroom has the power to make a real difference to prepare students for a successful future. Watch the Peel board’s Why BYOD? video on YouTube to learn more: http://bit.ly/peelbyod.

 

NEWSRelease                                

March 28, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Peel board to encourage students to BYOD—bring your own device

Board approves major investment in learning technology plan to boost 21st Century learning

At its Regular Meeting of the Board on March 27, 2012, Peel District School Board trustees approved the transfer of $7 million from its Working Fund Reserve to cover the cost of information technology infrastructure to support the board’s Vision for Learning and Instructional Technology Plan. The result will transform access to technology in Peel schools.  

“In global communities that are linked so closely through the Internet, it’s critical that we provide our students and staff with the tools they need to build 21st Century learning skills,” says Tony Pontes, director of education. “The board’s historic financial investment in the future of learning and instructional technology will provide access to learning anytime, anywhere—access we know will lead to innovation and exploration through learning and connecting with the world. We need to expand access to current technology and encourage students to BYOD—bring your own device—to engage them in learning. The plan will also ensure equity of access to technology for all students through classroom computers and tablets in schools.

In the fall of 2010, the Peel board undertook a review of the current successes and challenges related to the implementation of digital technologies for teaching and learning. The outcome of the review is a set of recommendations based on the principles of 21st Century learning:

·         collaborative inquiry to solve real and relevant problems

·         creativity and innovation

·         critical thinking and problem-solving

·         communication 

Key components of the board’s learning technology plan include:

·         teacher support and professional learning

·         equitable access to core technology across schools

·         digital learning resources available anywhere, anytime

·         Internet-based (Cloud) file services for students

·         enabling the use of student personal technology

·         wireless access to support personal student technology

·         policies and guidelines for the appropriate use of technology

·         communication and collaboration tools to engage students and parents

“Providing safe and accessible wireless networks is essential to the Peel board’s vision for learning technology,” says Pontes. “Wireless access will provide flexibility for the use of mobile technology, including tablets, personal electronic devices and laptops, in schools. Through the

use of WiFi or Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN), students and staff will be able to access learning and teaching resources and files on the Internet from anywhere in the building. A comprehensive communication plan to the system will be developed.”

All wireless equipment installed in Peel schools complies with Health Canada’s Safety Code.  WLANs allow technology within schools to operate without cables and wiring, enabling greater access to the Internet through electronic devices that help to boost teaching and learning.

System implementation of the plan will begin in July 2012. A copy of the board’s Vision for Learning and Instructional Technology Plan is available on the Peel board’s website at www.peelschools.orglook for the link in the “Spotlight” section of the home page.

  

Media contact:  Tony Pontes, Director of Education, 905-890-1010/1-800-667-1146, ext. 2006

Reference:          Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications (acting), 905-890-1010/

    1-800-667-1146, ext. 2814