BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology,
is an initiative of Cabarrus County Schools to allow students and staff
to bring their own devices (tablets, e-readers,
iPads, iPods, etc.) to school to use for instructional
purposes and school business. The faculty and staff of Bethel
Elementary School wants to encourage students to assess their own
learning needs and be able to determine which tools(devices and online
tools) will successfully meet their needs.
- increased access to technology
- expansion of technology use for educational purposes, more tools available for classroom instruction
- familiarity of using personal devices
- increased 21st Century teaching & learning opportunities
- allowance for blended learning
- more engaged students
- less software and consumables purchases
- greater opportunity to go paperless
- promotes Bethel Elementary School's vision by preparing life-long learners through the use of 21st century resources
Issues That Cause Concern
believe the teacher is the director of his or her class. The teacher
knows best when and what technologies to use to enhance instruction.
Therefore, it is the teacher's call whether or not to allow students to
use their devices in his or her classroom. By allowing students to
bring their own devices, we are hoping to increase technology available
inside the classrooms; subsequently, expanding educational opportunities
for teaching and learning. The following are responses to issues that cause concern:
- students not following set policies
- theft and/or vandalism
- student equity
- Internet filtering
- technical support
- Any unauthorized use of personal devices will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.
are personally and solely responsible for the security of their
electronic devices. The school system is not responsible for theft,
loss, or damage of any kind to a personal electronic device.
all students can afford their own personal device. Efforts will be
made to ensure access to school computers for all students.
has purchased the Bradford appliance (enables secure network access) which will allow students and
guests to connect to a guest wireless network in schools. Internet
filtering, meeting all CIPA requirements, will be in place, even on the wireless network.
support of personal devices is limited to the user's own knowledge and
troubleshooting skills. There are no funded technical help positions
available within the school system.