Welcome to the Student BYOD Site This site contains resources related to the registration and use of personal devices on the Donegal School District's data (computer) network.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), or Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) as it is also called, is a relatively new trend in education that allows students to bring their personal electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets, hybrids, and notebook computers into the schools for educational purposes. The students connect these devices to the District's data network where they receive filtered Internet connectivity.
The adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models in schools is largely the result of two factors: school budget constraints and the simple reality that more and more students are coming to school with their own devices in their backpacks. So why not leverage these devices as learning tools?
The following is an excerpt from "The Future of Education: BYOD in the Classroom" by Tim Panagos.
In this decade, it is no less important to teach children how to use their other technology “brains” as it is to teach them to use their physical brains — to ignore such an obvious and powerful augmentation would be irresponsible. Certainly there are better ways to use digital devices to make us more effective beings. These better ways should be taught.
Consider for a moment that Writing is a technology — an old technology but, at the time of its introduction, a revolutionary one. Written language allowed humans to capture and store knowledge: to disseminate that knowledge beyond the natural boundaries of time and space. And knowledge is power. Today it would be unthinkable not to teach children how to read and to write — to leverage this old technology — in order to expand their horizons beyond the spoken word. By the end of the decade, it will be considered just as unthinkable to deprive children of their computational tools for the very same reasoning as we apply to writing technology.
So how are teachers and administrators to cope with the risks of unfettered online access with the responsibility to teach students how to leverage this irreplaceable technology? Look to lessons learned in the parallel adoption of desktop computers in the educational environments for patterns and best-practices to adapt and adopt. Seek tools to manage content access to block for young users, to advise for older users. Put policy and technology in place that recognizes that the devices will beyond the control of the school today. Surround the access points with security not the devices themselves. Leverage the speed of these new technologies to discover and participate in experiments with pioneering institutions in the digital world.
Beyond the Classroom
And how are parents to cope with the risks of unfettered online access at school and on the bus with the responsibility to teach your children how to safely embrace digital technologies without loosing sight of the real world? Start by supporting your local school in their efforts with BYOD and technology initiatives. Associating technology with learning in the minds of our children is an important psychological link to establish. These are not JUST tools for playing games. When you read to your children, consider doing so with both physical books and ebooks. Help children to expand their association with the devices beyond the short-attention span media that they are encountering in the entertainment arena by exposing them to deeper, calmer sources of interaction like ebooks. Demonstrate that devices can be used for knowledge consumption and knowledge contribution. Show them how you manage your work life and home life with the help of your own devices. Talk about etiquette for email and SMS in the same way that you discuss the polite ways to interact personally.
By acknowledging that smartphones, tablets, and laptops are a factual component in the lives of every human being and by embracing openly and actively in the exploratory use of these tools for both education and entertainment we are opening the door for our students that leads to the heart of the 21st century experience.
This site contains resources related to the registration and use of personal devices on the Donegal School District's data (computer) network.
Terms of Participation:
Students bring personal technology into school at their own risk. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged devices.
Personal technology includes, but is not limited to, Cell phones, Smartphones, laptops, notebooks, Netbooks, tablet PCs, iPads, iPods, Kindles, NOOKs, PDAs, mp3 players, calculators, and portable gaming devices.
The use of personal technology during class is prohibited, except when used as an aid to instruction as directed by the classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will determine how and when student technology is used in the classroom.
The District will provide a wireless “filtered” Internet connection for student devices to connect to throughout the school day. This wireless connection is separate from the school’s network and allows for “filtered” Internet access only. The school’s wireless “filtered” Internet connection is provided at no cost and does not use cellular data plan minutes.
Students must use the school’s BYOD wireless connection when connecting personal mobile devices to the Internet throughout the school day.
Students are strictly prohibited from using a personal data plan to access the Internet throughout the school day.
The school does not guarantee every device will be able to connect to its wireless system. Limited technical support when connecting devices to the school’s wireless system will be provided.
Students are responsible for supporting their own personal devices. Staff will not provide students with support for how to use their own devices.
For accountability, students must register their personal devices before connecting to the school’s wireless system.
Students without personal technology devices will not be excluded from educational activities.
Students may bring their personal technology devices to school if they choose. The school recognizes this as a family choice. Participation is completely voluntary.
Students are expected to handle personal technology devices the same as school owned devices. The same rules apply.
Student participation is a privilege which can be lost for irresponsible use.
Students may use their devices for educational use only during classes.
Students should keep their devices on mute. Phone calls and text messages should not interrupt instruction.
Device Registration Information This site contains resources related to the registration and use of personal devices on the Donegal School District's data (computer) network.
Prior to completing the registration form in PowerSchool, you will need to collect the following information:
Make and Model of the device or devices you wish to register.
The WLAN (WiFi) MAC address of each device you wish to register.
Make and Model:
This is fairly self-explanatory. The product's manufacturer and the Model of the Device. Examples: HP Elitebook 810, Lenovo X130e, Nokia 928, Apple iPhone 5C, Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, Apple Airbook.
This is a bit more tricky. A MAC (media access control) address is a 12 character unique identifier coded into the WLAN (WiFi) adapter of your device. This MAC address is the most important piece of information we need to collect. If you provide the wrong address, your device will be unable to connect to our network. The MAC Address of your device will be 12 characters in length and will typically be presented to you in the following format XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX Please omit all colons and use only lower-case letters when completing the form. Failure to do so will cause delays in processing your request. A MAC address can only ever contain the letters a-f and the numerals 0-9, if you are submitting any characters other than these, you have not identified the proper address.
MAC address shown on device: BC:33:5B:D3:6E:83
MAC address formatted for the registration form: bc335bd36e83
Make sure you submit the MAC (physical) address of your device's WLAN (WiFi) adapter and not the address of the device's Bluetooth, Ethernet, Tunnel, or any other adapter.
How Do I Locate the MAC Address? Unfortunately the process is different for each device. Your best bet is to visit Google or Bing and search the phrase, "How do I find the WLAN MAC address of my (your device name goes here)." Here's how to locate the WLAN MAC address on some popular devices:
Amazon Kindle Press the "Menu" button. Use the 5-way controller to underline "Settings" > Press "Select." Under "Device Info," you will see an entry for Wi-Fi MAC Address.
Android-based Device Press "Menu" on the home screen > Select "Settings." Select "Wireless & Networks." Check the box marked "Wi-Fi" to ensure that wireless is turned on. Press "Back" > Select "About Phone" or "About Tablet" at the bottom of the list. Select "Hardware Information." Select "Status." You will see the MAC address displayed in the field labeled "Wi-Fi MAC Address."
Barnes and Noble Nook Press the Home button. On the Home menu, tap "Settings." Find the entry for "MAC Address."
NOOKcolor: Tap the Nav Arrow at the bottom of the screen to display the Quick Nav Bar > Tap "Settings." Tap "Device Info" > "About Your NOOKcolor." Find the entry for "MAC Address."
Blackberry Select "Options" from the home screen. Select "Status." You will see the MAC address displayed in the field labeled "WLAN MAC."
Galaxy Devices Press the Menu button on the home screen and select "Settings." Select the "More" menu. Select "About Phone" or "About Tablet." Select "Status." You will see the MAC address displayed in the field labeled "Wi-Fi MAC Address."
Select "Settings" from the home screen. Select the "General" option on the left. Select the "About" option on the right. You will see the MAC address displayed in the field labeled "Wi-Fi Address."
Palm webOS Device (i.e., Palm Pre) Select "Device Info" from the Launcher. Select "More Info" > Select the "Hardware" tab. This screen displays the MAC address.
PlayStation Portable (PSP) Select "Settings" from the home screen. Select "System Settings" > Select "System Information." This screen displays the MAC address.
Windows Mobile Device Make sure your Wi-Fi is enabled. Select "Start" > "Settings." Select "Connections" > "Wireless LAN." Select the "Advanced" tab. You will see the MAC address displayed in the "MAC" field.
Windows 7 laptop/netbook Open a Command Prompt window by clicking the Start button and search for cmd In the Command Prompt window type getmac /v /fo list Find the Physical Address line under the section that describes your WIRELESS network adapter
Windows 8 laptop/netbook Type CMD while in the Tile Interface (not Desktop) In the Command Prompt window type getmac /v /fo list Find the Physical Address line under the section that describes your WIRELESS network adapter
Once you know the Manufacturer, Model, and WLAN MAC address of the Device(s) you wish to register, click on the link below.