BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices)

Ever since its establishment in 2004, CIT has always used technology as a means of improving the educational process for our students via the ITAKA project (Interactive Training Aiming for Knowledge Achievement), promoting the acquisition of skills, knowledge and abilities leading to the formation of responsable and critical thinkers required for the world that we live in.

Therefore, the Bring Your Own Devices project is simply the next step, a logical continuation of the ITAKA project’s evolution that we are committed to from it´s origin and continued evolution over time.

Like last year, our Lower Primary, Middle School, Secondary and High School students will bring their devices to school (tablet or laptop), where they will work on different activities and research projects through technology. Before they bring their devices to school, students must sign the BYOD policy with their parents before 22nd September. See Appendix 11.

Below you can find some information of interest regarding the BYOD program:

Q.: Is it true that as from September ALL children may bring any mobile devices to school? A.: NO. Only Lower Primary, Middle school, Secondary & High School students can. The BYOD program and the term “devices” refers only to: laptops, netbooks, iPads and tablets of any trademark. It is very important to note that this specifically EXCLUDES mobile phones, ipods and any other gaming devices with internet access.

Q.: Is it mandatory? A.: Yes. The devices will always be used for educational purposes and will be integrated into the curriculum.

Q.: I have no such device at home for my child and I do not understand much about this, does the school have any suggestion or proposal on the type of device to buy? A.: The school does not wish to promote additional costs for families so the first option would be to use the devices that are available at home. However, in the case of having to buy a new one, it may be preferable to purchase a tablet versus a laptop (because of it´s weight). We do not wish to have any commitment to trademarks .

Q .: As from when they can they bring their devices to school? A.: They may bring their devices as from September 22nd. But prior to this the students and familiy MUST have completed the document called “regulations and safe usage”, please see Appendix 11. Children may NOT bring the devices to school until this agreement is completed and signed.

Q.: Will the school be implementing any kind of security that I should consider before buying or bringing the device? A.: All devices must have a protective cover. It is recommended that each family purchase an insurance for their device.

Q.: Where are the devices kept and who supervises them when they are at school? May they be kept at school? A.: No, the devices may not be kept at school. Students will bring the devices to school in the morning and every day the device should be taken home again at the end of the school day. The students are responsable to keep their devices in the designated closet for the electronic devices when they reach the classroom earlier in the day. The devices will be stored under lock and key during the time that are not being used under the supervision of a teacher. The teacher is responsible for locking the storage closet when the devices are not in use and during break, lunchtime and clubs.

Q.: What are the general usage guidelines? A.: Each teacher has the authority to permit and regulate the use of personal devices in the classroom and on specific projects, controlling at all times what the students are watching on their devices. These will be the general guidelines: .- Teachers can scan your computer at any time. .- Approved devices shall be in “silent mode” at school, unless authorized by a teacher. .- Devices may not be used to “cheat” on assignments, examinations, or tests or non-educational purposes (such as making personal phone calls and text messages). Plagiarism (“cutting and pasting” content from another without citing sources) is considered a very serious offence (in a world of “trying to be smart & making no effort” Our message to our children must be clear and unequivocal: one’s merit and own creation is most valued and always bears the fruits of their labour) .- Students may not use the devices for recording, transmission or video images of a person or people at school during school hours or during school activities, unless allowed by a teacher. .- All devices must be charged at home every night and come to school fully charged.

Q.:I am worried that books will not be used. Does this mean that there will be no textbooks or reference books? A.: No. Not at all. The academic program has been and will continue to be, absolutely independent of reference resources used (including textbooks). The school has always aspired to the fact that the “textbook” would not be the only resource or guideline to mark the learning of children and that is why we have always used “books” (plural form and not exclusive) and other resources. Now naturally the door to the use of the major search engines for information and the richness of other supplementory materials that today’s world offers us opens. It is the judgment and professionalism of the educator who will always determine the suitability and convenience for use. In addition, this initiative is complemented by a radical change of our eclass in which students and parents can and should access content specifically scheduled to be carried out on line.

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