Personally Owned Devices

2017 / 2018 School Year

Personally Owned Devices (PODs)

Dear Parents,

As we strive to deliver a World-Class Education for our students, we know allowing students to use digital tools can open even more learning opportunities in our classrooms. That is why the District is launching an effort to allow students to use Personally Owned Devices (PODs). The goal is to leverage these devices, so students have access to learning applications and online information throughout the school day, not just when they are using checked out laptop carts, scheduled for technology time, or using classroom computers.

How will the POD initiative work?

This initiative allows students at Northeast to use devices that best fit their learning styles and their comfort levels. NE, in turn, will provide access to wireless Internet connections.

Each teacher will be able to decide when to allow usage of PODs. For instance, they will decide use of the devices during certain content areas, work times, etc.

Responsibility of POD Users
Students and their families are ultimately responsible for ensuring their devices are compatible with the District's wireless system and have an anti-virus program installed. It is students’ responsibility to avoid theft, loss or damage to their devices. Once at school, the devices will be kept in student’s desks or backpacks when not in use. We encourage families to install the “Find My iPhone” or “Where’s My Droid?” apps on student devices before bringing them to school. 

Safeguards for Students

Our wireless network has safeguards to ensure that inappropriate Internet content and sites are blocked. Students using PODs would still be held to the same standards used for any other tool as set in the Students Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. Please review these policies with your child prior to having them bring PODs to school. Teachers and staff reserve the right to withdraw student permission for inappropriate use of tools.

Student Handbook References

Student's will continue to follow the expectations set forth in the student Rights & Responsibilities handbook.

Students follow acceptable conduct with and without technology - page 14 & 15.

Students follow policy for anti-bullying which includes cyber bullying - page 20.

Students follow JICJ Policy "Student Use of District Info Tech" - page 27, 28, 29, 30.

Douglas County School District IT (POD) support is limited to ensuring no barriers from our network are causing unexpected performance on the POD. All hardware repairs, software purchases, anti-virus, installations, and upgrades are the responsibility of the device owner. District owned software may not be installed on personally owned devices. Please make sure there is a label on the outside of the device with your students full name.

Minimum Requirements for a Personally Owned Device:

  • Browser Minimum

    • FireFox, Safari, Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer

  • Up-to-date Anti-Virus Software on the device.

  • Wireless Card Support "WPA2 Enterprise" (Wireless Security)

  • Operating System Minimum

    • Macintosh OS 10.9 or newer

    • PC Systems

      • Windows 7 or Newer (No Starter Editions

    • Mobile Devices

      • Apple IOS 7.0 or later

      • Android Donut or Later


For your information only-The following are the devices, currently utilized by students and staff within the DCSD schools.


MacBook*

ipad*

Dell Latitude*

Dell Chromebook*

Product:

MacBooks

Apple iPad 1 & 2

Latitude E5440

Dell 11” Chromebook

Vendor:

Apple

Apple

Dell

Dell



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I ________________________________________ (parent) am allowing my student ________________________________________ to use digital tools in his or her classroom with the understanding of above stated regulations. In addition, students will continue to follow the expectations set forth in the Students Rights & Responsibilities Code of Conduct Handbook. Students will follow acceptable conduct with and without technology - page 14 & 15. Students follow policy for anti-bullying which includes cyber bullying - page 20. Students follow JICJ Policy "Student Use of District Info Tech" - page 27, 28, 29, 30. The Code of Conduct Handbook can be found on the main DCSD website under “Code of Conduct”. www.DCSDK12.org

I also understand it is strongly suggested that my students POD is labeled on the outside of the device with my students full name.



Parent Signature _________________________________________________________________


Student Signature ________________________________________________________________


Classroom / Grade _______________________________________________________________