BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE (BYOD)
St. John Paul II Catholic School
“Learning is complex work and like other forms of skilled and technical work it requires that the person performing the job understand and be comfortable
with his or her tool set.”
Alberta Teacher, 2011
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is an initiative that encourages students to use their own electronic devices in classrooms to personalize their learning. While all are encouraged to bring their own technology to school, formal BYOD programs have clear goals for student use within a classroom.
Bring Your Own Device fits in well with the goal for student technology use at St. John Paul II Catholic School:
Core subject classrooms have readily available digital tools and media that engage learners and teachers in the collaborative pursuit of challenging and personalized curricular experiences reflective of today’s global, digital world.
A focus on higher order thinking skills
Collaborative learning environments
Personalization of learning
St. John Paul II Catholic School has a public wireless system for students and staff to connect their personal devices. An ECSRD username and password is all that is required. All students are encouraged to bring their own devices. Teachers are prepared for the increasingly common sight of technology in the students hands such as tablets, cell phones, and laptops that come to school with internet access. It has also allowed them to learn the different modalities of teaching with technology and assess when its use is appropriate. Administrators in our school have become involved assessing its effectiveness in the classroom to increase higher order thinking skills, collaboration and personalized learning.
Please note that in our Bring Your Own Device protocol, purchasing a device is optional – while we encourage students to bring devices they already own, you are not obligated to purchase a device for your child. Please note that we feel Smartphones are not excellent examples of devices to use in the classroom due to the inability for students to maintain lengthy word processing as well as the use of cellular data that cannot be monitored through our wireless system.
For students that do not have a device, forget their device, or choose not to bring one, in formal BYOD projects, students will have access to devices available for students use while at school.
Alberta Education has released the Learning and Technology Policy Framework (2013) for school divisions to plan for the greater integration with technology.
Through Inspiring Education, Alberta Education has identified several policy shifts needed to support students to become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens, with an entrepreneurial spirit. One of those shifts requires students to use technology to support the creation and sharing of knowledge.