BYOD Overview


  • The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is excited to announce a new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program 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 learning. By allowing students to use their own technology on campus we are hoping to increase the access all students have to technology they need to be engaging and productive learners.
      
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Vision Statement

  • 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 life experiences after graduation.  

     

    The path to college and career success is increasingly aligned to a student’s technology skills.  BYOD programs provide schools the ability, in these economic times, to provide more access to technology and ensure that every student has equitable access to not only devices but online resources.



    Benefits of a BYOD Program

    • helps create a more personal and memorable learning experience for students

    • encourages teachers to rethink their current teaching styles to meet the demands of our digital students

    • BYOD models have shown greater student accountability and engagement when the devices are personally owned

    • is cost effective as parents provide the devices as well as the repair and maintenance costs

    • provides a more technology-rich environment

    • the flexibility of personalized devices supports different learners with different needs, helping students to identify skills that will make them lifelong learners

    • has the potential to positively affect educational outcomes



    Challenges of a BYOD Program

    • needs the support and buy-in from all parties involved, including parents, students, staff, administrators, and school board

    • appropriate and ongoing professional development needs
    • increased number of devices increases the demand for bandwidth and other technology infrastructure

    • ensuring that those who cannot afford devices still have equitable access to technology.  

    • ongoing professional development for staff members including classroom management strategies and a greater depth of knowledge about technology

    • creating and nurturing a culture where technology-embedded instruction is an integral part of the everyday learning in all classrooms