SPS Bring Your Own Device - BYOD
We are pleased to see that more students in Grades 5 – 12 are using their own technology throughout the school day to work on assignments. The school-owned laptops and Chromebooks are currently in high demand and the demand is expected to increase as more teachers implement project-based learning and leverage online resources for researching, curating content, collaboration, and production. We highly encourage students in Grades 5 through 12 to bring a laptop or tablet to school daily in order to have consistent access to technology as needed. Devices can be used in class with teacher permission.
The allocation of school-owned devices will be changing for the 2016-2017 school year at Gates and Scituate High School. Over the summer we will be re-distributing the school-owned Chromebooks in these buildings so that each classroom will have a set of 6. Up to now, school-owned Chromebooks have been stored on carts as a class set and managed through a reservation process. Moving forward, if a lesson requires access to technology, students are encouraged to use their own laptop or tablet or they can borrow one from the classroom set of 6 to use during that period. Smartphones are great for lots of things but they are not considered an efficient tool for completing assignments; a laptop or tablet is preferred. Students who participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program and do not have access to a laptop or tablet should contact the building principal to learn about Scituate Public Schools device loaner program.
A Chromebook is a great cost-effective option if you’re looking to purchase a device. Some of the key benefits of a Chromebook include:
- the cost of an 11” Chromebook is approximately $160
- ChromeOS includes built-in security against viruses, malware and other cyber-infections, andautomatic updates
- impressive performance
- fully compatible with SPS curriculum
A few limitations to consider:
- Chromebooks have full functionality with Internet connection and limited offline functionality
- local disk space is minimal and most file storage is cloud-based but note that all student.scit.orgaccounts include unlimited storage in Google Drive
- only ‘apps’ from the Google Play store can be installed
If interested in obtaining a Chromebook for home use or if you’re considering Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)1 for your student, SPS has collaborated with Unified Networking Solutions to offer Scituate families an 11” Chromebook at a discounted price of $164.00. This is the same Chromebook that is used throughout the district and it makes an ideal choice since much of our curriculum integrates online resources and Google
1BYOD: Students in Grades 5-12 are encouraged to bring in a device to access educational content. A tablet or laptop with a keyboard and Wi-Fi capability is recommended. Please refer to the Student Handbook for specific guidelines and student responsibilities