BRING YOUR OWN (TECHNOLOGY) DEVICE - BYODBeginning with the 2016-2017 school year, a technology device will be considered a necessary school supply item for all students.
The ability to access, evaluate, use, and create information is key to success in this Age of Information. Technology loses its impact in the classroom when it is reduced to an "event", like the weekly trip to the computer lab. It is akin to saying to students, "Today is our day to use pencils. We won't have access to them again for a while, so be sure you get any work that requires a pencil completed today."
Technology, like a pencil, should be used whenever it is appropriate, instead of whenever it is available. Student writing is enhanced when technology is used to restructure and rewrite documents. In addition, dictionaries, thesauri, and graphic organizers are readily available to support the writing process. Beyond writing, technology offers students a way to research, create, organize, and store information in many formats. Technology is also central to communication, allowing students to collaborate with teachers, peers and other outside resources. In addition, the learning process is enhanced when students are able to pose and answer their own questions. All of these skills prepare students for a future of self-directed and life-long learning.In order for these learning experiences to happen in a meaningful and ongoing way, students need "anywhere, anytime" access to technology. We believe students will benefit greatly from using their own technology, and therefore, such a device is a necessary school-supply item. For those families who are not able to afford a device, arrangements can be made through the administrative office. More information about borrowing district owned devices can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions page.