Elkhart Independent School District


Bring Your Own Device - BYOD
Bring your own device (BYOD) refers to technology models allowing students to bring a personally owned device to school for the purpose of learning. For the purpose of EISD’s BYOD initiative, a personally owned device is any technology device with a screen 7 inches or bigger, brought into the school and owned by a student (or the student’s family), staff or guests.

Elkhart ISD BYOD Program

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program will permit students grades 3-12 to bring their own internet-connected devices to school beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. The success of the BYOD program will depend on (1) the success of students adhering to the guidelines and policies for use of their own technology at school; and (2) success of adapting instruction and improving learning in the classroom. Elkhart retains the right to amend or change any policies surrounding the BYOD program at any time. We fully expect this to be a wonderful addition to our district’s learning environment and appreciate your patience as we implement this large, far-reaching program. We will continue to refine and add to this plan to meet Elkhart ISD’s needs over the life time of the program.

BYOD Phase 1 Expectations

Phase 1 - beginning of 2013-2014 school year

EISD will allow student-owned devices in classrooms. There will be a separate Wi-Fi network created for all student devices that will allow connection to the internet via the web filter.  Each student will have a unique login to bypass the filter, thus allowing us to track usage and possible infractions on a per-student basis.  This will allow students access to internet and our internal resources while maintaining CIPA compliancy.

  • Students and staff will be responsible for setting up their own device to access the Wi-Fi network.
  • Access to school resources will depend on the device and its capabilities.
  • BYOD will allow usage of mobile devices with a screen 7 inches or larger, including laptops.
  • I-pods and phones will NOT be allowed.
  • Teachers have full control over if and when devices will be used in their classrooms.
Considerations prior to purchasing equipment for BYOD
Individual teachers will have control over use in the classroom - if and when student owned devices will be used.
Prior to purchasing any equipment, we recommend you visit with staff on your student’s campus to better understand how and if devices may be used in each classroom.
What types of computing devices may my child bring to school?
Students may use devices that fall into the following categories: (1) laptops, (2) netbooks, (3) tablets, and (4) e-Readers.  Please note: No Cell Phones or Devices with a screen smaller than 7 inches

How can my child's computing device connect to the Internet?

Elkhart schools provide a wireless network which students may connect to while using their devices in the building.

Additionally, the family will be responsible for any expense as well as the supervision of internet content incurred if a student uses a device with internet connection from an outside provider, such as a cell phone carrier.
Are there suggested accessories?

Providing a padded bag or protective sleeve is suggested. This will provide more protection for the day-to-day use of these computing devices. Please be aware that some recommend while carrying a computer in a bag from class to class, no books or other non-technology supplies may be stored in the bag.

A headset with microphone may be useful in some cases when accessing a website with audio and/or video. However, this is not required and may be used at the discretion of each classroom teacher.

Will there be "charging stations" so my child's electronic device can be recharged?

Considering today's battery technology of electronic devices, a full battery charge should be sufficient for lessons requiring use of the device throughout the day. "Charging stations" will not be provided.

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.

Generally speaking, a laptop or tablet that can run Microsoft Office would be the better choice, as most classroom work will be created in Office programs, such as Word or PowerPoint.  However, as long as the device is able to connect to the wireless network and meets the minimum device requirements mentioned in EISD policy, this should suffice for most work.

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 Elkhart schools' wireless network and have a screen larger than 7 inches.  Also be aware that with different tablets come different levels of capability with our systems. We are unable to provide a list of all different manufactures and their level of compatibility with our systems.

What software will be needed on my child's computer?

No software is required to be purchased in order to connect to local network.

For the creation of documents, most classes may use Microsoft Office 2012, as a standard at this time. This program will not be installed on personal devices by EISD.

Because purchasing a computing device is a personal choice, anyone may purchase and use other productivity tools that best suit one's personal needs.

Responsibility of Equipment and Usage
Who pays for the technology brought to school?
These devices will be purchased by and remain the property of the family.

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.

EISD does not have the technology support staff to repair or update personal computing devices.

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.

Elkhart ISD takes no responsibility to search for lost or stolen devices, nor is there any assumption of financial responsibility by Elkhart ISD for damaged, lost or stolen personal computing devices.

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. However, it is not required in order for a child to use a personal computing device at school.
Does Elkhart ISD suggest any other considerations?

It may be wise to acquire theft or hazard insurance and to fully understand the details of that policy.

If purchasing a new computing device for a child to use at school, we recommend purchasing the extended warranty.

Miscellaneous Information

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, or by signing out laptops from the laptop carts.

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. Elkhart ISD is committed to reducing technology inequity so every child may experience learning equality.

Will my child need to have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file?

Yes. In order for Elkhart ISD to supervise student use of the computer network and the Internet, both the Student Acceptable Use Policy and the Bring Your Own Device Pilot Program - Student Technology Acceptable Use Addendum forms 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 and understand the expectations of Elkhart Independent School District.

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 and classroom management is the sole responsibility of each teacher.

Students may use their electronic devices during classroom instruction, lunch periods, when in the Media Center, or when otherwise authorized by school personnel, provided that the devices are being used for academic purposes only.

Will my child be expected to use his or her computing device both at school and at home?

Just as with traditional assignments, some assignments may need to be completed at home. If there is a computing device malfunction or an interruption of Internet connectivity at home, a student may use computers at school before or after the school day, as has been the policy of EISD in previous years.

Will this program go district-wide?

At the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year, Elkhart High School and Middle School staff along with district technology staff will examine the effectiveness of the BYOD program. This data will be shared with other building administrators, district administration and the Board of Trustees, after which any further implementation plans will be evaluated.

Will students be able to print documents from their personal computing devices?

Students will not be able to access printers at Elkhart ISD from their personal computing devices. We will provide alternatives as follows: (1) printing capabilities from school computers, and/or (2) electronic delivery of documents through email or other online methods.

Where will my child's work be stored?

Students will be encouraged to store their work on personal storage devices or their district provided location.  In so doing, during the school year, the student will have access to his/her work wherever internet access is available.

General Information and Reminders

All Electronic Devices:
  • Classroom staff has ultimate control regarding when and what type of electronic devices are used in the classroom.
  • Teachers may opt out of using BYOD devices in their classroom.
  • Students reading from e-Readers should be allowed the same permissions as with a printed book.
  • The hallways should be free from electronic devices.
  • Students should not be sitting in the halls using their devices.
  • Students are not permitted to have their headphones/ear buds in when moving through the hallways.
Mobile phones in the classroom:
  • No cell phones will be allowed on any campus during school hours.