Bolles BYOD – Frequently Asked Questions

What does “One-to-One” (1:1) mean?

One-to-one means each student has access to a technological device, which may be either a laptop, a tablet or tablet PC.

What does BYOD mean?

BYOD means Bring Your Own Device. Students in Grades 6-8 (9-12 in 2017-18) are required to bring and use their own technological device as long as the device meets certain device requirements. Over the last two years we have found that having inking capabilities along with a full desktop operating system like Windows 10 is desired by our teachers. Therefore, as part of the requirement, students must have a Windows 10 device that has digital inking capabilities.

Which device works best for BYOD?

Bolles highly recommends the Surface Pro or Surface Book lines of devices. That said, when selecting a device please make sure it meets the Bolles published BYOD minimum requirements. Smartphones, iPads and Android tablets, Mac PCs, and Windows devices that don’t have inking capabilities are not approved BYOD program devices.

Smartphones, iPads, and Android tablets are not an approved BYOD program device.

Does the school have WiFi available?

WiFi (802.11a/ac 5GHz standard only) is available to all students in all academic buildings on all campuses.

Is web access restricted on the School's WiFi network?

A web filter on the student WiFi network currently does restrict access to certain web sites deemed inappropriate by the School.

Tell me about e-textbooks. Do students have the option to download e-textbooks/e-books instead of purchasing hard cover books?

Depending on teacher requirements, e-books are offered in a variety of formats with a variety of costs and purchasing methods. It is the School's goal to increase the availability of e-textbooks and we expect some more offerings next year. Full availability, however, may take several years. The School's book purchase process will include specific information on courses where e-books are available, allowed and/or required.

Keep in mind that you do not need an e-book reader (kindle, nook, etc) to read e-books. E-books should be read using the custom MBS application Vitalsource and/or via a web browser.

Don’t students just get distracted by these devices?

Our students live in a digital world. Their academic lives, through college and for some graduate school, will include digital distractions. Their eventual work lives will as well.

We believe it is not only important for students to be more than gadget-savvy – and many students already are very adept – but also to use devices as tools for research, inquiry and analysis. They can only learn to do this effectively and efficiently by using devices at school, at appropriate times and on academic activities specified by the teacher, both inside and outside the classroom. Yes, there is a risk of distraction that comes along with this. We believe it is better for students to learn to responsibly practice focus in school, where parents and teachers are still very involved, before they experience the additional freedoms of college. In the middle school enrichment classes and through Digital Literacy lessons, we teach students techniques to manage technology responsibly and avoid distraction.

What applications will be required?

The primary applications for our BYOD program are Schoology and Microsoft Office 365, and both are provided free to students. Your child currently has a Bolles email address. If he/she needs assistance accessing this account, please have him/her stop in the library for assistance.

What types of support may my child count on for his device?

Assistance will be provided by our Technology Department for the following issues:

  • Accessing the school WiFi network
  • Printing at School
  • Assistance with School-approved e-books

Support will NOT be available for:

  • Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Personal Applications

Why is the School using Office365 and not another program, such as Google Apps for Education?

The School has used Microsoft Office with our students for many years. We also make Microsoft Office available in classrooms, so students, for example, who choose to develop a presentation in Power Point are more certain the presentation will work. It was a natural progression to adopt Office 365 as our cloud tool. We also have Microsoft Certified Educators to support the faculty in their professional development and use of the applications in the classroom.

What if my child’s device breaks? What if he/she forgets it?

Ultimately it is the student/family’s responsibility to have a working device that meets the minimum standards listed above. Breakages and malfunctions will happen which is why having an ADP plan is so important. It is important to the teachers that the students be able to keep moving forward with their day-to-day in-class work. In the event where a family cannot get their child’s device replaced before the next school day and they do not have another device available, we are going to offer a loaner option for these types of situations. Situations such as “I forgot my device at home” will not be sufficient to utilize the loaner program. Any perceived abuse of this service will be halted. Devices will be loaned out on a per day basis and must be returned by 4pm the same day. Details of the loaner program are still in the works so please check back here for more information.

Surface pens and power adapters will be available for purchase from the campus stores in the event they lose or break theirs.

How will students be prepared to use devices at school?

Students are expected to be the experts of their own devices BEFORE bringing them to school. The School holds voluntary technology orientation sessions for incoming students in Grades 6-8 (9-12 in 2017-18) in August. Each student new to BYOD is encouraged to bring their device to one of these sessions. These sessions will provide students with information and some basic instruction to assist them in starting the year prepared and organized with their new device. Further details regarding these sessions will be forthcoming.

Will pencil and paper be abandoned as a result of the BYOD program?

No, writing will still be a part of the learning process and used to prepare students for assessments. However, digital inking is a powerful alternative in many instances and is a teacher requirement in some math and science classes.

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