My county recently introduced a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
I currently teach in a Title 1 school with a 100% free lunch rate.  That means realistically, most of my students do not have a device to bring.  With some grant proposals and a Donors Choose project, I was able to receive 22 Amazon Fire Kindles for my classroom. 

This school year will begin with a 1:1 technology ratio.  I’m excited to institute technololgical learning in my classroom but am a little anxious since the tablets are considered “Personal Property” and not protected  as “School Property”.  I’ve spent some time researching procedures and expectations for classroom technology and BYOD.

I’m going to be using a Red Light Use System:
  • Red Light:  No electronics.  Teacher should not see any devices.
  • Yellow Light:  Facedown on corner of the desk, use only with permission.
  • Green Light:  Use for intended purpose to complete the task.
This is a link for a great online Stoplight that you can use with your projector!
Here's a link to a great set of BYOD Stoplight Posters.

I used Google Forms and a QR Generator to create a log to track device use.  I attached each deviced to a Google Form and attached the form to a QR code.   I stuck the QR Code on the back of each device with a sticker.  I use my phone to scan the code and type in which student has which device.  Each device is numbered and has it’s own form and URL.  With Google Forms, I can pull up an Excel sheet of all devices and each student who uses it.

TIP # 1
Begin the school year fresh with clear expectations and procedures.  Students need to be told what is appropriate use for their devices.  Post these expectations in the classroom and have the students keep a copy in their student notebooks.

  • P – Purpose for using device is always educational
  • R – Responsible use of devices is always expected
  • I – Instructions for device use will always be followed
  • D – Devices must always be using the school’s WiFi network
  • E – Everyone will always conduct him or herself responsibly online 

TIP # 2

Provide students with a parental permission form to keep on file.  Have the students complete a Student Digital Contract.

Digital Social Contract:

As a student,
  •   I am responsible for the choices I make when I use technology,
  •    I understand that using technology effectively is a skill that is essential to my success, and
  •    I understand that I am responsible when I use technology at school.
  •  For keeping my personal computer devices secure when I bring them to school.
  •  For keeping my digital accounts secure.
  •  For what I do on when using technology at school.
  •  For not hurting the ability of others to learn.
  •  For what I say and do online.
  •  For giving credit where credit is due and respecting the intellectual property of others.
  •  For making good choices about when and where I use personal devices at school. 

Tip #3:
Arrange the classroom to support easy monitoring.  Students should be engaged in the assignment and on task.  The teacher should be able to easily see all the devices and ensure students are using devices responsibly.

Tip #4:
Practice verbal signals for proper device use.  Use easily memorable and understood signals:  “Screens Down” to put the devices down.  Use “Spot Check” to indicate all devices should be held up with screens on to see who is on task.

Tip #5:
Devices will be stored in a permanent location and only checked out with permission.  Students personal devices should be kept out of sight unless used during a BYOD assignment.

  • Always have a back up plan!  Sometimes tech fails, so always have an assignment that can also be completed without tech.  This is also useful if a student loses device privileges and still needs to to complete the assignment.
  • Be consistent with your procedures and expectations.  Demonstrate what you need completed. 
  • Emphasize responsibility.
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