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1. BYOD at Pearl Stephens Elementary 2. District Policy and Information B.Y.O.D. (BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE) As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. During the 2013-2014 school year, Bring Your Own Device, BYOD, was piloted at all Houston County Elementary, Middle and High Schools. Each school will notify parents of the program parameters at their schools. Students who do not have their own device to bring to school will not be penalized. Please do not feel obligated to go out and purchase a device for your child. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively while allowing the owner of the device to be the one to manipulate and handle the device (HCBOE Student Handbook, 2014, p. 14) 5761&DepartmentID=16985&SubDepartmentID=&TabNo=2 3. BYOD at Pearl Stephens BYOD at Pearl Stephens was implemented fully at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. This elementary school serves approximately 435 students in grades 3rd-5th. Most teachers began by using BYOD at least two days a week. This implementation will expand to three or more days for the 2015-2016 school year. The media specialist, county curriculum integration specialist, and technology support technician help to provide assistance with BYOD devices, lessons, and activities school wide. 4. Platform It is important to understand that HCBOE promotes a Microsoft platform for both teachers and students, but encourages the use of multiple device types in its BYOD initiative. This platform is supported in that all staff and students (grades 3rd-12th) are given Microsoft 365 accounts. Students in grades 3rd-5th do not have access to webmail, but can access OneDrive, Microsoft office online, and OneNote Classroom. 5. Platform continued iOS devices are also supported by the HCBOE district and are welcomed for use with BYOD. The media specialist at PSE manages the schools iPads through AirWatch. Apps and links that support the Microsoft Office 365 are available on the school iPads as well. 6. Accommodating Students without Devices Each classroom is equipped with four laptops and one iPad for use by students without BYOD devices. VDI computers will be purchased for each classroom this upcoming school year. Teachers can sign up to use the schools computer lab when needed (26 desktop computers). The school media center has additional iPads and laptops for daily checkout when more devices are needed. 7. Grouping Students Teachers are encouraged to group students for BYOD activities or implement BYOD activities as part of center rotations. When using BYOD, students should be grouped with no more than three students per group. If a student without a device is paired with a student that has a device, the owner of the device should be the one driving it (per the HCBOD BYOD policy). Teachers are also encouraged to use applications that are web based so that students can access content or activities from multiple device types. 8. Apps Operation Math: Students solve mysteries using math operations for 3rd-5th grades. Epic: subscription based app with unlimited leveled eBooks for kids (grades 1st-5th). iMovie: movie making app for project based learning. I Know That: Science quiz app available for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. 9. More Apps Heads Up: interactive game that teaches vocabulary. Allows teachers/students to create their own cards that can be matched to any unit of study. Slice it: App in which students race to slice items into equal parts to show understanding of fractions. Grammar Up: app with tons of topics and quizzes for learning about the English language.