Our goal for the BYOD program is to better prepare our students for the demands of the future
BYOD: Bring Your Own Device is understood to mean devices such as tablets, iPods, iPads, laptops, netbooks, as well as portable storage devices.
Note: smart phones will not be permitted this year.
Question:When do the students start bringing in their devices?
Answer: The 4th and 5th grade students can bring in their device as soon as they turn in their BYOD Agreement.
Question: Are students required or expected to bring in a device?
Answer: Not at all. Explorer's BYOD program is designed to be completely voluntary.
Question: If my child does not have a device, will they be left out?
Answer: All students will have equal access to an iPad, laptop, or desktop if they do not have their own device.
Question: Will the students be safe if they are using their own device on the internet?
Answer: All students are required to login to the district WiFi, using their student credentials at school. All district filters will be active. See the Digital Citizenship section below for more information.
Question: Will BYOD replace paper/pencil assignments in the classroom?
Answer: No. Paper/pencil assignments will continue to be used daily. BYOD will give the students and teachers another tool to research, collaborate with each other, read ebooks, and create presentations.
Recommended Apps for Devices
4th and 5th grade students will be using their device to complete assignments, presentations, and research. Here is a list of recommended free apps that we encourage all students to have on their device before bringing it to school.
Inigma (QR reader)
What is Digital Citizenship?
The practice of navigating the digital world safely, responsibly, and ethically.
At Explorer, all students are taught aspects of Digital Citizenship. Beginning this year, grades 3-5 have used a program from Common Sense Media, called Digital Passport. This fun and engaging program guides students through lessons such as protecting private and personal information, appropriate online interaction and cyberbullying, protecting their Digital Footprint, how to search keywords, and respecting others' work (citing sources),
All students are expected to use devices appropriately and to follow the school rules. Students that are not meeting these expectations may be unable to bring a device to school or use a school device.
If you would like more information about Digital Citizenship or Digital Footprints, you can visit one of the websites below or contact us.
Integrating Technology by Common Sense Media
Digital Citizenship Videos
Pros and Cons of Online Learning
Please see the attached list created by ASD20.
Responsible Use Agreement
Each student and their parent will be required to agree to and sign the attached document in order to bring their device to school.
Project Based Learning
Explorer teachers are working hard to implement Project based learning units into their curriculum. PBL is an approach to teaching where students explore real world problems and challenges. BYOD will give us an even greater opportunity to implement this exciting approach in our students' learning.
21st Century Skills
21st Century Skills are a set of academic building blocks—abilities and ways of thinking—that can help kids succeed as 21st century citizens. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning identifies these skills (or the 4Cs as they are often called) as: Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity and innovation.
For more information, visit The Partnership for 21st Century Learning website.
Explorer Elementary is recognized as a
Digital Citizenship Certified School from
Common Sense Media