What Device Should I Consider for My Child?
The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s mission is to provide an excellent and equitable education in a safe, supportive environment so all students can become productive members of a diverse and changing society. The School Board and administration know that technology plays a critical role in preparing students for experiences after graduation.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is excited to announce that a new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program is being implemented at secondary schools throughout the district. Students may now bring their personal electronic devices – including laptops, iPads, Android Tablets, smart phones, etc. – to school. With classroom teacher approval, students may use their own devices to access the internet and collaborate with other students. This will enable students to use a combination of district technology and their own to facilitate their learning. See BYOD FAQs for more information.
Students will be allowed to connect to their school's BYOD network to access web-based learning tools such as Google Drive and other learning tools supported by FNSBSD.
While many students may already own personal devices, there are some general specification that parents should look at if they are contemplating purchasing a device. School devices should:
be lightweight and sturdy
be in a protective carrying case
have a strong battery life and easy options for recharging
be able to connect to the wireless BYOD network
have appropriate software
offer sufficient storage.
If you are considering purchasing a new device, listed below are some recommended devices:
- Computer (PC or Macintosh) Notebook/Laptop
- iPad or Android Tablet
- iPod/Smartphone with wifi