Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Grades 6-12 Bring Your Own Device InformationISD 423 Real World Ready Initiative Image with transparent background (1)

Bring Your Own Device Information

As we approach the upcoming school year, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that your student entering grade 6-8 at the middle school, and grades 9-12 at the high school will need to bring a digital learning device with them to school when we start in September as part of our “Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD initiative.

Please review the information below when considering the type of device to send to school.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions as well as some information on financial assistance for qualifying students.

Who needs a device?

Hutchinson Middle School: All students in grades 6-8.

Hutchinson High School: All students in grades 9-12.

Can a student utilize a smart phone or tablet?

While a smart phone or tablet may work for some classroom activities, it is not the most appropriate device for the classroom. We’ve found that the notifications that typically interrupt work on these devices are incredibly distracting to the learning process. We recommend the Chromebook to be utilized for school work. Teachers will indicate what their rules are surrounding smart phone use in their classrooms, but the latest research has shown that they are a barrier to learning when they are not used for school-related tasks during instructional time. While we realize that a student can become digitally distracted on any device, we have tools and safeguards in place that allow us to more closely monitor Chromebook use and can ensure that the device is put to good academic use during school.

Our minimum device requirements developed by administrators, teachers and the technology team state that the device used for BYOD should have a keyboard. It will be difficult to impossible for a student to keep up with coursework on a phone. If a tablet is used, it must have a working keyboard and be able to run the Chrome browser. Please see the table below for more information.

What device is recommended?

We recommend the Chromebook. It has an 8 hour battery life and works well with each student’s Google Apps for Education account.

What device does the district purchase for classroom use and device checkout?

The district purchases HP 11 Chromebook devices each summer for teachers and students to utilize in school.

Does it matter which brand of Chromebook I get?

No. Each Chromebook performs essentially the same functions. Some have slightly more memory than others, which explains why some are more expensive.

What else do I need, other than a device?

We strongly recommend a case, which will help protect the device during transport to and from school, in addition to protecting your investment. Students can be hard on devices, and we have had incidences of breakage this year due to a number of common issues, including accidental droppage, devices being crushed in backpacks, or items being closed between the screen and keyboard. A hard case will help protect student devices and ensure longevity.

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes. If your student qualifies for free and reduced lunch, and you need assistance getting a device, please contact the District Office to get the necessary paperwork. Forms to apply for the use of a District device may be found at the District’s Central Office, 30 Glen Street NW, Hutchinson, MN after August 1, 2018. If the application for use of a District device is approved, the device may be picked up at the Media Center in your student’s school building.

Can I use a laptop for BYOD?

Yes, but please keep in mind that laptops have shorter battery life, meaning that your child will need to bring a charger and find an outlet in class to charge. Laptops tend to be more costly to purchase, and are typically slower to load.

 

 

Hutchinson Public Schools

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