Dual Funded Bring Your Own Device:
Watertown-Mayer School District is entering phase two of their Technology 2.0 Device Update.  The school district's Strategic Roadmap directs that we support technology for all students, in a fiscally responsible manner.  The Dual Funded Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy will allow all students access to technology in a way that is affordable to families, and financially sustainable for the school district.  This approach also allows parents and students to make a personal decision on  what device works best for them.

Phase One was initiated in the fall of 2016 and students in the High School, grades 9-12, were able to bring the device of their choice.  The 2017-2018 school year will begin Phase Two, which will bring the Dual Funded BYOD to the Middle School and allow families to choose the device that best fits their needs.

Devices:
Students have 3 choices when deciding which device they will bring to school:
  • Use a school owned device:
    • If a student chooses not bring a personal device from home, the district will issue them an iPad.
  • Bring a device you already own:
    • If a student currently has access to a device that meets the Minimum Requirements, they do not need to purchase a new device.  You will be able to bring that device from home.
  • Purchase a new device:
    • Students can bring a newly purchased device, as long as it meets the Minimum Requirements.
    • Students are eligible to receive a discount on the purchase of their device, if:
      • 1)  the device is one of the Recommended Devices, and 
      • 2)  the device is purchased through the Watertown-Mayer/Best Buy web store.
Note:  If you bring a device from home, please complete an Acceptable Use Policy agreement.  The agreement is available online at the Online Activities Registration Site.  

Dual Funding Logistics:
Watertown-Mayer has partnered with Best Buy to make affordable devices available to our families.  If a family chooses to participate in the Dual Funded program, they will receive a discount on devices purchased through the Watertown-Mayer /Best Buy (WM/BB) web store.
  • A student is eligible to receive a discount once every 4 years.
  • Only devices purchased through the WM/BB web store will be eligible for the discount.
  • District funding will be as follows:
    • Grade 12 - $50
    • Grade 11 - $75
    • Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 - $100
  • Prices on the WM/BBB web store will either be equal to the price through a Best Buy store, or at a price negotiated with Best Buy.   Insurance, cases, and other accessories will be available through the web store.
  • Available devices will be:
    • Chromebooks
    • Windows Laptops
    • Macbook Air
  • A decision will be made this spring on which devices will be eligible for dual funding.


Web store Information:
  • Purchasing Window:
    • The WM/BB web store will open during the first week of August, 2017.
    • The WM/BB web store will close on October 31, 2017. if you do not order by then, you will need to wait until the next eligible purchasing window if you wish to receive the discount.
  • You will be able to place your order online and receive support from the Best Buy Educational Team. (888-218-9474.)
  • If you are eligible for a discount, you will receive an email (around August 1st) from Best Buy. This email will contain a discount code and instructions for purchasing a device through the WM/BB web store.


Technology Timeline:


Phase Two: (2017-2018)


Grades 9-12:

Students will continue to participate in BYOD, and will be required to have a device in school that fulfills the requirements set by the school district.  

  • Students in grade 9 will receive the Best Buy email in early August.
  • Upon request, students in grades 10-12 who did not utilize the Dual Funded option in 2016-2017, will be eligible for a discount in 2017-2018. The district will not initiate the communication.

Grades 6-8:

Students will participate in Bring Your Own Device, and will be required to have a device in school that fulfills the requirements set by the school district.  Students will have 3 alternatives in regards to their device:

  • Participate in the Dual Funded program and purchase a device from Best Buy at a discounted price.

  • Bring a device from home.

  • Use a district provided device, (iPad.)


Grades 4-5:

Students will continue with 1:1 iPads.

  • Students will be issued a district owned iPad that they will be able to take home.

  • Optional iPad insurance is available through the school district.


Grades K-3:

Students will continue with 1:1 iPads.

  • iPads are houses in the classroom on carts.

  • Students do not take their iPad home.

    • 3rd grade students are allowed to take the iPads home in late October

    • Optional iPad insurance is available through the school district.

Phase Three: (2018-2019)


Grades 6-12:

Students will continue to participate in BYOD, and will be required to have a device in school that fulfills the requirements set by the school district.  Students will have 3 alternatives in regards to their device:

  • Participate in the Dual Funded program and purchase a device from Best Buy at a discounted price.

  • Bring a device from home.

  • Use a district provided device, (TBD)


Grades 4-5: (TBD)

Students will have a school issued device.

  • Options that are being considered:

  • The device will stay at school vs. going home with the student.
  • The device may be a tablet, or it may be a Chromebook.

Grades K-3:

Students will continue with tablets. (TBD)

  • Tablets are housed in the classroom on carts.

  • Students do not take their tablets home.


Phase One: (Initiated in 2016-2017)


Grades 9-12:

Students will participate in the Bring Your Own Device initiative, and will be required to have a device in school that fulfills the requirements set by the school district.  Students will have 3 alternatives in regards to their device:

  • Participate in the Dual Funded program and purchase a device from Best Buy at a discounted price.

  • Bring a device from home.

  • Use a district provided device, (iPad.)


Grades 6-8:

Students will continue with 1:1 iPads.

  • Students will be issued a district owned iPad that they will be able to take home.

  • Optional iPad insurance is available through the school district.


Grades 4-5:

Students will continue with 1:1 iPads.

  • Students will be issued a district owned iPad that they will be able to take home.

  • Optional iPad insurance is available through the school district.


Grades K-3:

Students will continue with 1:1 iPads.

  • iPads are houses in the classroom on carts.

  • Students do not take their iPad home.

    • 3rd grade students are allowed to take the iPads home in late October

    • Optional iPad insurance is available through the school district.