Bring Your Own Technology
We are pleased to anounce that Cotswold is gearing up to Bring Your Own Technology! We are rolling our program out slowly. This means that some classrooms will start the program before others. At this time all adults are permitted to bring devices and connect to our guest network to work with children. Classrooms are slowly signing up to get started. We hope that you plan to join us on our exciting journey to build onto our program.
We are excited to continue to offer students the opportunity to expand their use of 21st century technology by allowing them to bring personally owned technology devices (eReaders, Kindles, Nooks, iPads, laptops, etc…) to school for use for lessons in the classroom. We continue piloting this program in select classrooms only and if your child is in a BYOT classroom, permission slips were signed earlier in the year for your child to participate. We do have a few changes, updates, and reminders for BYOT that will go into effect immediately.
*Cell phones will no longer be available to be used for BYOT. If students have cell phones at school, they must remain in their book bags throughout the day and they will not be able to be used for instructional purposes.
*If a student is using a BYOT device to message or text throughout the instructional day students will lose BYOT privileges immediately.
*If a student uses a BYOT device to research inappropriate topics or for the use of cyber bullying, students will lose BYOT privileges immediately.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and support as we teach our students the responsible way of using technology in the 21st century.
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Below is a copy of our policies:
Cotswold Elementary 2012 - 2013 Policy for Student Use of Personal Technology Devices
We are excited to offer students the opportunity to expand their use of 21st century technology by allowing them to bring personally owned technology devices (eReaders, Kindles, Nooks, iPads, Laptops, etc) to school for use in lessons in the classroom. Any parent who wishes to allow their child to use a personal technology device at school must read and sign this agreement and submit it to their classroom teacher. We are piloting this program in select classrooms only and hope to expand to other grades in the future.
1. The student takes full responsibility for his or her device and keeps it with him or herself at all times. The school and/or school personnel are not responsible for the security of the device.
2. The student is responsible for the proper care of their personal device, including any costs of repair, replacement or any modifications needed to use the device at school. The school is not responsible for troubleshooting/fixing problems with the device.
3. The school reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal device if there is reason to believe that the student has violated Board policies, administrative procedures, school rules or has engaged in other misconduct while using their personal device.
4. Violations of any Board policies, administrative procedures or school rules involving a student’s personally owned device may result in the loss of use of the device in school and/or disciplinary action.
5. The student must comply with teachers’ request to shut down the device at any time. Devices will not be allowed in the cafeteria, the playground, or any other common area of school property and should be kept off and stored in student backpacks when riding the school bus.
6. The student must not use the device to record, transmit or post photos or video of a person or persons on campus. Nor can any images or video recorded at school be transmitted or posted at any time without the express permission of a teacher. The teacher is responsible for the upload and the recordings must be deleted from the student device prior to taking the device off campus. Images of students may not be shared with other student devices.
7. The student should only use their device to access relevant files. Any student discovered to be using the device for any other activity will have the device taken away, and the parent will be required to retrieve it from the office. The student will not be allowed to bring the device back to school for the remainder of the school year.
8. Devices with 3G/4G data access must connect to school “Guest” wifi to ensure child safety firewall benefits. 3G/4G data access use is prohibited for classroom use.
9. Student devices will not be charged at school.
10. App downloads at school require teacher permission and must be free of charge if downloaded at school.
11. Independent hot spots are not permitted for students, teachers, or parents. Hot spots are a violation of CMS technology policy.
12. Devices will not connect to school printers.
13. Devices at school may only be used for academic purposes.
14. The student realizes that it is not the teacher’s responsibility to support or troubleshoot any problems with individual devices. Teachers will do their best to assist students, but will not interrupt class time to deal with technology issues.
15. The student understands that bringing on premises or infecting the network with a Virus, Trojan, or program designed to damage, alter, destroy, or provide access to unauthorized data or information is in violation of the AUP policy and will result in disciplinary actions.
16. The student realizes that processing or accessing information on school property related to “hacking”, altering, or bypassing network security policies is in violation of the AUP policy and will result in disciplinary actions.
17. Students should not physically share their personal devices with other students, unless they have written parent permission to do so.
18. The school district has the right to collect and examine any device that is suspected of causing problems or was the source of an attack or virus infection.
19. While students may bring their device each school day, it is possible that there will be days when devices are not used.
Please discuss this policy with your child and ensure they have a full understanding of its contents. Thank you for your partnership in this process.
Alicia Hash, Principal
Katie Lock, Technology Coordinator
Fifth Grade Adendum
Students may need to transport devices from outside classrooms into the building to access wifi. Students will be required to carry devices in backpacks or laptop cases with straps. Students will be responsible for safe transport and will be reminded to carefully pack items before moving to and from the building.
As a reminder, CMS and Cotswold School are not responsible for any lost or damaged devices.