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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

At Dunstan Middle School, in the last two years we've spent over $62,000 on technology. That's a significant amount of money, and we have other needs.  We now have enough technology to accommodate state testing so that it has a minimal impact on instruction. We've replaced all the computer labs that have instructional software installed, such as computer coding, pre-engineering 3D printers, Photoshop, etc., and we've doubled the number of computer science classes.  We've also replaced aging projectors and added security cameras. 

Beginning this year, Dunstan Middle School will be transitioning to a Bring Your Own Device school. The BYOD program allows students to use their personally owned Wi-Fi enabled devices (laptops, tablets) to connect to the District's BYOD network. Teachers facilitate the use of student devices by integrating instructional strategies that embed Web 2.0 tools, internet research, and applications to engage students in curriculum content and collaboration with peers. 

What does bring your own device mean to your student and your family?  Your student needs to bring to school everyday, a device that meets the following specifications:      

Wireless networking capability to access the District filtered network.
Color Screen.
On screen or external keyboard, or other means for entering text.
Audio-out port and earbuds or headphones
Device must be fully charged at the start of each school day and must have a minimum 4 hours of use from one battery charge.
Capability to run a fully functioning browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc).
Device must be able to run an e-Book reader application.
Device must be able to play video file

We encourage laptops (PC or Macintosh), iPads, tablets (with a minimum 7" screen), or Chromebooks. Unlike previous years, a cell phone will not qualify as a device that can be used for classroom instruction.

The following devices are strongly discouraged because of their difficulty of use with our instructional wireless network: Kindle, Nook, eReaders, Nintendo DS and/or PlayStation Portable PSP.

Two very important pieces of information:

Green Mountain High School is implementing a Buy Your Own Device program. All freshman students will be required to purchase a Chromebook from the school for approximately $200. The advantage of this to you and the district, is that a district purchased device can access areas of the Jeffco network that a student owned device cannot. The student keeps the Chromebook during their four year high school career. Most high schools in the district are moving to this model. **If you have an 8th grade student, keep in mind you will be purchasing a Chromebook from your high school in 9th grade.**  So plan accordingly.

In order to assist with this transition, Dunstan will offer Chromebooks that can be rented, but our capacity is limited. We're working on the details and will update the website and send a school messenger in mid-July.

Here's the thing...I was a single mother with two children. Costco and Best Buy have Chromebooks for sale starting at $179.00, but if you can't afford a device, don't panic.  If you have questions about the best way to manage this transition, especially with the high schools implementing Buy Your Own Device, please leave me a message and I'll return your call anytime this summer.  My voice mail goes to my email, and well, principals are never really off duty.  303-982-8360 is my direct line.

 

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