Bring Your Own Device

Newark City Schools BYOD Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program?

The BYOD opened for all students in grades six through 12 in September 2013 and for teachers in grades K-5. BYOD permits students and teachers to bring their own devices to school and connect to the Newark City Schools network.

What are the Hardware and Software Considerations?

  1. What types of computing devices may my child bring to school?
    Students may use devices that fall into the following categories: (a) laptops, (b) netbooks, (c) tablets, and (d) e-Readers. In some instances, teachers may allow the use of MP3 players or Cell phones/Smartphones.
  2. How can my child's computing device connect to the Internet?
    Newark City Schools provides a wireless network which students may connect to while using their devices in the building. Additionally, students may use an Internet connection from an outside provider. In this case, the family will be responsible for any expense incurred using this type of Internet connection.
  3. Will there be "charging stations" so my child's electronic device can be recharged?
    We recommend that devices are charged at home. Any charging station availability will be determined on a school by school basis.
  4. Are there any specifications for the type of laptop, netbook, or tablet my child may bring to school?
    Buying a computer is a personal choice. Ultimately, each person will need to choose the device that works best for his/her child. All lessons will be based on Internet access, so the only hardware requirement is the ability of the device to connect wirelessly to the Newark City School’s network.
  5. Can my child use an iPad or Android tablet?
    Any type of tablet, netbook, or laptop can be used. Whichever you choose, the device must be able to connect wirelessly to Newark City Schools network.
  6. What software will be needed on my child's computer?
    No software needs to be purchased. Access to productivity tools (For example: word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software) will be provided.

Whose Responsibility Is It?

  1. Who pays for the technology brought to school?
    These devices will be purchased by and remain the property of the family.
  2. Who is responsible for any repairs or updating to personal computing devices?

Students and/or their families are responsible for their personal computing devices at all times.
Newark City Schools will not provide the technology support staff to repair or update personal computing devices.

  1. Who is responsible for damage, loss, or theft of devices your child brings to school?
    Families must stress the responsibilities their children have when bringing their own computing devices to school. Any devices students bring to school are their sole responsibility. Newark City Schools takes no responsibility to search for lost or stolen devices nor is there any assumption of financial responsibility by Newark City Schools for damaged, lost or stolen personal computing devices.
  1. Will the family need to have Internet access at home?
    No. It would be helpful, however, to have some form of Internet access (wired or wireless) in order for a child to make full use of school resources from home, as well the multitude of resources available on the World Wide Web. But, it is not required in order for a child to use a personal computing device at school.
  1. Does Newark City Schools suggest any other considerations?
    It is suggested you consider contacting your insurance provider for recommendations regarding any additional insurance. If purchasing a new device, it is suggested that the extended warranty be purchased.

Miscellaneous Information

  1. How will a child's education differ if the family does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school?
    Many lessons are collaborative, allowing students to work together, sharing information accessed through personal devices. When the work is individual, students may use computers and other devices located in classrooms and/or in the Media Center. No child's learning experience or academic performance will be affected because he or she does not have an Internet-connected device to bring to school. Newark City Schools is committed to reducing technology inequity so every child can learn equally.
  2. Will my child need to have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file?
    Yes. In order for the Newark City School District to clarify expectations, responsibilities and to provide a safe network environment, the Acceptable Use Policy and the BYOD Student Acceptable Use Addendum must be read and must be signed by all students who want to have access to educational resources. Parents/guardians of students under age 18 are also required to read and sign the agreement. Students 18 or older may sign the document themselves. Signing the document indicates that the student and parent/guardian have read, understand and accept the policies, procedures and expectations of the Newark City School District.
  3. Will students be able to print documents from their personal computing devices?
    Students will not be able to access printers at Newark City Schools from their personal computing devices.
  4. When can my child use the electronic device at school?
    Students may use their electronic devices in class as instructed by the teacher. It is not expected that a teacher will need students to bring electronic devices every day.
  5. Where do students have permission to use electronic devices while in Newark City Schools?

The table below defines where students’ electronic devices may be used in Newark City Schools:

Location

Laptop, Netbook, and Tablet

Mobile Phone

MP3 Player

eReader

Classroom

As directed by teacher

As directed by teacher

As directed by teacher

As directed by teacher

Hallways

As determined by building administration

As determined by building administration

As determined by building administration

As determined by building administration

Study Halls

As directed by teacher

As directed by teacher

As directed by teacher

As directed by teacher

Lunch Period

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Library/Media Center

As directed by staff

As directed by staff

As directed by staff

As directed by staff

Locker Rooms, Restrooms, and Office Areas

No

No

No

No

Other information

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