Students to start BYOD this Fall!

To the Parents of Harrison High School 10th Grade Students:

What is BYOD?

BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It is a program designed to allow our students access to technology and learning programs without tapping into the budget of the school system too much. Of course, the use of the device will be limited and supervised by our teachers. BYOD has great potential to open new doors and opportunities for our students as they prepare for college.

Why start BYOD?

BYOD has been shown in many school districts to be a more engaging method of learning for students, because it allows for more hands on activities as well as challenging them and being more interesting than traditional school work. The uses for BYOD are endless, and include digital portfolios and turnitin.com use for english classes, Wolfgram Alpha and Geometer's sketchpad for math classes, and Google Earth for science classes just to name a few. Not only are these programs useful for learning, but they more closely resemble the kinds of work done in college and in the workplace today as our world becomes more and more intertwined with technology. This kind of authentic learning is truly invaluable to our students and their education. BYOD is also a great way to incorporate the UDL principles into our curriculum. For more on UDL, please visit the reference below. Thus, BYOD stands to better prepare our students for the a bright future.

References:

http://www.k12blueprint.com/content/math-one-many-stars-walter-payton-prep http://www.readingrockets.org/article/universal-design-learning-meeting-needs-all-students

How Can I Prepare My Student For This Change?

Over the summer, we encourage parents to learn about technology's uses for education and share this with their students. In addition, please take the time to share with your child information about digital citizenship, internet etiquette, multi-tasking, and perhaps even have them practice using some of the above mentioned tools available. Below are some resources concerning these topics that may be of use to you as you prepare your child for this transition.

Resources:

http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/teen-angst/201012/cyber-etiquette-teens

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Have a great summer Hoyas!