BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology
is an initiative of Cabarrus County Schools to allow students and staff
to bring their own devices (laptops, netbooks, tablets, e-readers,
iPads, iPods, smart phones, etc.) to school to use for instructional
purposes and school business. The faculty and staff of Mount Pleasant High School want 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. We believe students are capable of
making intelligent, innovative, and appropriate choices.
- increased access to technology (instead of relying on computer labs)
- 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 discipline issues
- less software and consumables purchases
- greater opportunity to go paperless
- mirrors college/higher education expectations regarding the acceptable use of personal technology in an educational setting
- promotes Concord Middle School's vision.
Issues That Cause Concern
- students not following set policies
- theft and/or vandalism
- student equity
- Internet filtering
- technical support
We believe the teacher is the director in the classroom. The
teacher knows best when and what technologies to use to enhance
instruction. Therefore, it is the teacher's decision whether or not to allow
students to use their devices in the 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:
- Any unauthorized use of personal devices will result in appropriate disciplinary actions.
- Students 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.
- Not all students can afford their own personal device. Efforts will
be made to ensure access to school computers for all students.
- CCS has purchased the Bradford appliance 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.
- Technical 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.