Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of devices will students be allowed to use in this program?
    • Laptops (Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Linux), tablets, and mobile phones/ipods* are permitted and will be able to be used. Please see the device specifications page for recommended minimum specifications.
      • *Mobile phones are up to the classroom teacher whether they will or will not be permitted.
  • What will the students be using the devices for?
    • The use of devices will be different in every classroom, it is up to the teacher how they will be used or if they will be used during any particular class.
    • Examples of how the devices may be used:
      • Note taking, researching, project work, collaboration, reviewing or following along with a presentation, writing papers or working on problems.
  • What happens if a student's device is lost, damaged or stolen during school use?
    • The district is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen student devices. Theft or vandalism of any kind should be reported to a teacher or building administrator.
  • Will there be any specific software used with the BYOD program?
    • Any software used in the program will be cloud-based and district-owned to ensure compatibility for all students regardless of the device they are using.
    • Examples of software that may be used:
      • Google Drive/Docs (Email, Documents, Sheets, Slides)
      • Smart Suite (Students can follow along and collaborate with what is on the smartboard, may be used for class surveying, quizzing, polling as well)
      • Google Classroom
  • Are students expected to follow the AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) while on their own devices?
    • The intended use of the BYOD pilot program is for instructional/educational purposes only. All students must adhere to the same rules listed in the Hopedale Public Schools AUP on their own devices as well as any rules listed in the BYOD Policy.
    • Students are required to turn off and/or put away their devices if instructed to do so by their teacher.
  • If a student is in a pilot classroom, can they use their device in a class that is not participating in the pilot program?
    • Use of a student device outside of the BYOD pilot classrooms are to be used in accordance with the AUP.
  • Will there be any technology support available for a student's device?
    • Instructions will be provided for students to connect to the network. A form will be available for students to fill out if they are having any account issues while using their device. Technology support for student devices beyond the instructions is not available for student devices. Teachers may be able to assist students with minor issues that may be occurring such as assisting with connecting to the wireless network.
  • Do students have access to wireless connectivity on their devices? Are they protected and filtering?
    • All students have access to the wireless network at Hopedale Public Schools. All students grade 7-12 use their network (computer) credentials to connect to the wireless network. Elementary students in the pilot program will be provided with login credentials to connect to the wireless on their devices.
    • All internet access at the Hopedale Public Schools is protected, filtered, and monitored. Students should adhere to all guidelines listed in the Acceptable Use Policy for all internet connectivity.
  • Can students print from their own devices?
  • What happens if a student's battery runs out in their device while at school?
    • Secure charging stations will be set up for students to leave their device in to charge and protect them from any damage or theft. Teachers may also allow students to plug their device in while using it in the classroom to charge. It is the student's/parent's responsibility to charge their device before bringing it into school for use.
  • Are district devices available if a student elects to not bring their own device or their device is not usable?
    • If a classroom is using technology in a way that it is required for students to participate or learn properly, district devices will be available for students to use in the case that they are not participating in the BYOD or do not have access to their device.
    • Is it not required that students bring their own device, the program is voluntary.
  • Can student devices be used during testing/assessments?
    • Student devices should not be used during any testing or assessments unless permitted by the classroom teacher. Student devices may not be used for any state testing purposes.