Middle School Tech Tips

January 2016

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

As you may be aware, both middle schools participate in BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device. Students can bring a device to participate in your lesson involving technology. In order for them to participate, they should get onto the protected Sheldon ISD BYOD network, where all student actions are covered under the District Acceptable Use Policy. Directions are as follows:


iPhone/iPad

  1. Click on Settings

  2. Click on Wi-Fi in the left hand column

  3. On the right, find the SISDBYOD network and select it

  4. Once you have the blue checkmark next to SISDBYOD, close settings

  5. Open your Safari web browser

  6. You will see a screen that prompts you to login. To do so, use your ID number and network password to login. Your network password default is “sheldonisd” unless you changed it. Staff: use the “e” for the ID login (e12345)


Android

  1. Click on your settings icon

  2. Select Wi-Fi

  3. Find the SISDBYOD network listed there and click on it

  4. If you are not immediately prompted to login, close your settings and open your web browser

You will be prompted to login. To do so, use your ID number and network password to login. Your network password default is “sheldonisd” unless you changed it. Staff: use the “e” for the ID login (e12345)




You will receive a copy of these directions as well.

Please keep in mind - only student devices are to be placed on the BYOD network. If you have school assigned devices, they need to stay on SISDMOBILE.

What Can I Do With BYOD?

A great place to start is to create an activity using QR Codes. QR codes are square images with a code that students scan to take them to web-based information (scan the code below). Some ideas for this include:


-QR Code Scavenger Hunts

-Codes that link to book reviews for your class library

-Include a QR code on your word wall words that links to an image, a translation, a written definition, or an audio recorded definition

-Place a QR code on your homework that links to a video for student help


(See Slides presentation below)


The best QR code scanner that I have found is called i-Nigma, and it can be downloaded in the Google App Store or the Apple App Store.


To make a QR code, check out www.qrstuff.com or the Chrome Extension called goo.gl

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Please let me know if I can assist you with BYOD or QR Codes. There will also be a District training coming up in February on QR Codes where you can get more detailed information.

Annette Clark, M. Ed

Digital Learning Coach