BYOT Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is it mandatory for a child to bring a device to school?

Answer:

BYOT is an option for students.  HCPS will not require students to provide their own devices.  Teachers that utilize BYOT as an instructional strategy in their classroom will also provide options for students that do not have a personal device.

Question: Will students be using their own data plans or will they use the school's Wi-Fi network?

Answer:

HCPS receives federal funding which means HCPS is required to provide filtered Internet access to students through the HCPS network.  Students participating in BYOT will be asked to attach their personal device to the HCPS network which will have proper Internet filters in place.  This will also alleviate the need for students to utilize their own data plans.

Question: Can my student bring a tablet or a laptop as a BYOT device?

Answer:

Yes, tablets and laptops can be used as BYOT devices.  

Question: How will students connect to the Wi-Fi network? (What if a student forgets his/her HCPS network username and/or password?)

Answer:

One step in the authentication process, requires students to enter their HCPS network credentials. If they cannot pass this screen, it may be because a student has forgotten his/her HCPS network password. To troubleshoot, a student should try to login to a school desktop computer. If they forgot the password and type the incorrect password more than three times, they will be locked out. A staff member may reset a student password using RosterManager. Once the password is correct, a student should not have a problem authenticating to the HCPS BYOT network with a personal device.

Question: Will my child be required to download any apps for learning to their device?

Answer:

We suggest having a QR reader app but HCPS will not require students to download apps for instructional purposes to their personal devices.

Question: If a device has apps that are not appropriate for instruction, will students be able to open and use the apps on the HCPSbyot network?

Answer:

Apps not appropriate for instruction will be blocked. For example, when users try to access Instagram, the app will open and display content that was loaded prior to connecting to the BYOT network.  However, new content will not be loaded on the BYOT network.  Users will not be able to upload images/videos.

If a user attempts to navigate to the browser version of an app, instagram.com for example, the HCPS block page below will appear.  Each time a user clicks to open the blocked app, the device will be blocked from all Internet access for one minute. The page shown below will display. The same setting is in place for other mobile apps that are not available for student use.

Question: How have security concerns been addressed for students using the BYOT network?

Answer:

All appropriate measures to safeguard the students, their devices and the HCPS network infrastructure have been put in place. This includes the same CIPA compliant web content filtering with safe search enforcement on the BYOT network and our internal production network.

HCPS’ Office of Technology recognizes the risks associated with internet based communication and has invested in multi-layer security controls with advanced threat prevention to monitor for and guard against malware, anonymizers, unauthorized intrusion and other threats. The BYOT and internal wireless environments follow industry standard best practices in regard to encryption and controls to prevent inner communication between wireless clients. The HCPS network is subject to both HIPAA and CIPA compliance and is regularly audited by state and federal agencies as well as privately contracted penetration testing.

Question: My child does not have a personal device. How will this initiative impact him/her?

Answer:

Teachers that utilize BYOT as an instructional strategy in their classroom will also provide options for students that do not have a personal device.

Question: Will students be able to charge their devices during the school day?

Answer:

Currently, this is up to the discretion of the administration/teachers at the school.  We recommend that students charge their devices prior to coming to school.

Question: What types of resources will you access utilizing this technology?

Answer:

Students will easily have the ability to search for information online in real-time.  They will access online resources that foster student voice, collaboration, and creativity.  Students can access open source content, simulations, and demos.  Teachers will have the ability to collect student feedback and data in real-time. 

Question: Can you show how BYOT makes a difference in student learning?

Answer:

Increased student engagement and real-time assessment that allows for adaptive instruction.  The speed in which students can access digital content with limited waiting increases instructional time.  BYOT provides opportunities for ongoing assessment and interactive learning.

Question: Can HCPS see anything on my device?

Answer:

HCPS cannot see anything on your device.  HCPS does filter the internet that is accessible from your device as a provision of federal law but HCPS does not digitally enter the device or access any files housed on personal devices.

Question: What policies has HCPS put into place regarding BYOT?

Answer:

HCPS updated the Responsible Use Procedure.  That document can be reviewed by clicking here.


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