Technology FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why BYOT?

Each 4th grade classroom will have regular access to only 3 laptops and 3 iPads. Our math curriculum requires students to do online study twice a week in class and the new science curriculum is almost entirely online. Your child most likely already knows how to use their device for personal activities such as games. In the classroom environment, we will teach your child how to use their device for educational purposes. Since they are already comfortable with a lot of the functionality of their own device this will make the process a more positive experience.

What will my child be doing with the device at school?

Devices will only be used for educational purposes. We will use apps for discussions, collaboration and interactive teaching. A list of many of the things we will be using can be found in the Digital Toolbox.

Is it mandatory that my child bring a device to school?

No, LISD does not require children to bring devices.

What if we can’t afford to buy a device?

It is not mandatory. For every child that does bring a device, the ratio of students to district computers goes down, therefore allowing more access for those that don’t have a device.

Does my child have to use our data plan?

No, the Acceptable Use Guidelines state that students are required to login to district provided WiFi.

Does the district provided WiFi protect my child?

Yes, district WiFi is filtered by district software that blocks access to inappropriate sites.

Is there a particular device you would recommend?

No, we are focusing on the function of devices, so any web-enabled device would work.

Are there specific Apps required?

No, it is not required that you have specific Apps. Due to the variety of devices, we don’t require specific Apps. We focus on the functionality, such as one that works as a whiteboard, one for note-taking, or one for scanning codes. The Google Apps for Education suite is available to all LISD students.

How will the device be kept safe and secure?

While LISD is not responsible for lost or stolen devices, we are working to prevent loss. Campus processes are in place to bring security awareness to all staff and students. When devices are not in use, students are to keep devices stored in backpacks or lockers.

As a parent, am I required to add additional software (virus protection, filter, tracking device etc.) to my child’s technology tool?

No. Currently we are not requiring any additional software for school use. Virus protection is always advised, but not required to participate in the pilot. While on the LISD guest network, students will be monitored through the district’s filter (M86), so there is no need for additional filtering software.

If my child’s device is stolen or damaged, what recourse can I take?

The district is not responsible for any damage or theft of student owned equipment. Installing tracking software can help locate the equipment if it is stolen, and keeping track of the device’s serial number, model and type will be helpful as well. Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported immediately to a campus administrator, so he/she can take the appropriate steps.

What are the campus/classroom rules for using student owned devices including phones? Teachers make the final decision for any tools used in the

classroom; student owned equipment would be no different. It will be up to the individual teachers to communicate their expectations to parents and students. Contact your child’s teachers or campus administration for his/her expectations.

Will my child have access to communication and collaboration tools while on the LISD network?

Answer: Yes. All students are provided user accounts for Google Apps for Education(GAFE). GAFE is setup to work within the Leander ISD domain. This provides a “walled-garden” for students to collaborate within our domain. Students 6-12 will have access to email accounts beginning the Fall of 2012. Grades 3-5 will be phased in as appropriate for the curriculum Spring 2013.

Where can I see the Acceptable Use Guidelines for Technology?

Page 75 in the Elementary Student Handbook