Our BYOT Mission
Our BYOT Mission at Mountain Island Lake Academy is to teach our students the importance of technology in their lives and prepare them to use technology effectively today and in the future. The use of technology must not be a supplement to our curriculum but instead allow a new way of viewing student learning. Our goal is to prepare our students to be:
· Self-directed learners
· Flexible users of technology
· Creative by using video, apps, etc.
· Global communicators
· Authentic writers
· Prepared for life outside of school
Our BYOT Rules
· Students are responsible for their own devices
· Students must use the Mountain Island’s BYOT WiFi network and not a cellular network
· Devices must be used for learning.
· Students cannot download apps while at school.
· Students cannot charge devices during the day.
· Make good choices while using devices
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does it mean for MIE?
Bring Your Own Technology is a CMS initiative to allow students to use their own technology at specified times during the day to enhance the learning experience.
We will begin the BYOT process with our 4th grade students and use a well thought-out process of implementation to ensure success. We will then move to other grades as the infrastructure allows. Learning will look the same but with technology. Technology should always be at the service of teaching.
The power of integrating technology into the classroom is the power it has to redefine the relationships in the classroom and reorient them toward a more student-centered approach to learning along with real-world, authentic connections.
Unacceptable use WILL BE dealt with accordingly based on our school's discipline process and digital citizenship expectations. This should not be considered different than any other infraction, as this is a behavior not the technology.
- Who is responsible for security of the device? How will theft, loss, or damage of a personally-owned device be handled in a school?
Guidelines for the BYOT program specifically address the risk of students bringing their own devices to school. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices. The student, not the teacher, is in charge of the student’s device.
- When will my students use the device?
The teacher is in charge of classroom procedures, including internet access. Although access is available, it is not guaranteed for every classroom situation. The teacher will let the students know when they can use the device. Students can use the devices for reading, research, note taking etc.
- Does my child have to participate in BYOT?
No. The choice to bring a device to school is up to you. If you either do not want to participate or do not have a device, your child will still have access to computers currently available at school. If you are in the market for a device for your family, some of our staff can share information with you to help make the decision that is right for your family.
What Types of Devices Can Students Bring?
- Tablets such as iPads
- iPod Touches
This video, created by another school district, helps parents understand how student-owned devices can be used in the classroom for instructional purposes. http://j.mp/byotvideo
MILA BYOT Contract
MILA Parent Brochure