Hines Middle School

561 McLawhorne Drive     Newport News, VA 23601     Phone: (757) 591-4878     Fax: (757) 591-0119

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BYOD INFORMATION

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One of Hines Middle School's primary goals is preparing our students for life long learners in the 21st century.  To support that, Hines is joining other Newport News Public Schools in offering our students the chance to bring their own technology devices to school to enhance their learning. The BYOD--Bring Your Own Device--program has been piloted for several years and has been found to be a success throughout the district.  

It is NOT required that students have their own device to participate in any project or activity using technology- if a student does not have a device, an NNPS device will be provided for them. 

The purpose of BYOD is for students to take charge of their own learning- to realize that the devices that they carry with them on a daily basis are, in fact, miniature computers with more power than the room-sized computers that launched rockets to the moon, and capable of doing so much more than taking pictures for Instagram, updating statuses on Facebook, or playing music or games.  They can be used as tools for learning, sharing what they've learned, collaborating and problem-solving.

To participate in BYOD, students MUST have a completed BYOD Agreement Form, signed by both parents and students. The complete agreement can be found in the NNPS BYOD Guidelines for Students.
A completed form means that:
- the device type is identified (smartphone make and model, tablet make and model, etc.  An example would be:  Apple iPad)
- the serial number of the device is identified
(unique set of letters and numbers to identify the device.  Also called an IMEI, ESN or MEID on some versions of Android, Blackberry or Windows devices.  An example would be:  F17JK7563DLZ8H8) To find the serial number, Google "serial number for <device type/operating system>". For example, for an iPhone with the latest operating system, Google "serial number iPhone IOS 8". 
- the MAC address of the device is listed (a MAC address is a unique identifier for your Network adapter or Network Interface Card or NIC, six pairs of letters and numbers, A-F, 0-9.  An example would be:  04:F7:E4:1E:73:A1) Help finding your device's MAC Address can be found here

Students who have permission to use their device at school for instructional purposes will receive a BYOD sticker to be placed in their agenda, and must be shown to teachers to be able to use the device for instruction.  
NO STICKER- NO DEVICE
Students who do NOT have a BYOD sticker MUST keep their device in their locker and turned off during the school day.

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Zones

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Not all teachers are opting to allow their students to use their own devices. To help students know when it is okay to have their devices out and when it is not, our school is divided into zones:

  • RED Zone:  Devices off- no use at all. 
    • Red zones:  School offices, bathrooms, hallways, locker rooms, etc
  • YELLOW Zone:  Devices silent and in pocket. 
    • Yellow zones:  Classrooms where the teacher is choosing not to use devices
  • BLUE Zone:  Devices may be turned on and used for Instruction under teacher supervision.
    • Blue zones:  Classrooms where the teacher is choosing to use devices for a specific instructional purpose
  • GREEN Zone:  Devices may be turned on and used with discretion for listening to music, playing games, and other instructional purposes (Facebook, etc are NOT allowed at school). 
    • Green zones:  Cafeteria when administrators choose, library on rare reward days

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Corbin-Staton at 591-4878.


BYOD Frequently Asked Questions



What Devices Can Be Used in BYOD?

If a device can connect to the internet for instructional purposes, it can be used for BYOD
Devices for BYOD include, but aren't limited to:

  • SmartPhones
  • Tablets
  • Laptop Computers
  • eReaders
  • Handheld Gaming Devices
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What is the Purpose of BYOD?

The purpose of the BYOD program is:

  • to supplement and enrich student learning
  • to empower student to take more active ownership in their own learning
  • as a STEM school, to provide more opportunities for instructional-based use of the technology that's 'in your pocket' on a daily basis
  • 'On the go' learning 24/7/365
  • NOT for play
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Who Decides When Students Use BYOD?

Teachers make the decision when BYOD will be used in their classroom

Yellow Zone:
- Devices silent and in pocket
- The Teacher has decided there is currently no instructional use at this time (including listening to music)

Blue Zone:
- The Teacher has selected to use devices for a specific instructional purpse
- Using devices for ANY other purpose will mean loss of device
- Devices must return to Yellow Zone upon Teacher guidelines

Activities follow NNPS Acceptable Use Policy guidelines and are for educational purposes.  Some examples are:
- polling or surveys
- research on websites
- messaging on educationally appropriate social networking sites


Students are NOT in charge of when to use BYOD
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- No pulling devices out of pockets and turning on during class without teacher guidelines
- No listening to music in hallways (including earphones in ears)
- BYOD takes place only under instructional supervision:
     * NOT for playing games (unless related to SOLs)
     * NOT for texting (including to parents- sorry Mom and Dad!)
     * NOT for listening to music while working (unless the teacher says it's OK)

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Can Students Share Devices?

As much as we LOVE HMS students and their sharing, caring spirit- this is one time when we need to be selfish.
There is a strict 'NO SHARING' policy with BYOD.

- Students who don't have a BYOD device will NEVER be without- there will always be an NNPS tool provided for their use

Not sharing reduces the risk of accidental breakage, loss or damage.  It would be a shame for a device that was shared out of the goodness of someone's heart to be damaged accidentally- and then no one would have a device to use!

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What Happens If Students Misues Their Device?

Just like anything else in life, you abuse it- you lose it.

Students who abuse the privilege of BYOD will lose the privilege of BYOD.

Teachers who see students misusing devices in the classroom may confiscate the device instantly and revoke BYOD privileges and then return the device to the parents.

Administrators may determine that, based on the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook or the Student Internet Acceptable Use Procedures, that there are other appropriate consequences for the student.  A teacher may also recommend those consequences to the administrator.

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What Happens If a Device Is Lost or Stolen?

One of the benefits of BYOD is that you don't have to become familiar with the technology- this is YOUR device and YOU are the expert.

One of the hazards of BYOD is that this is YOUR device and YOU are the expert.  The pendulum swings both ways.

You are the one who is responsible for making sure that your device is safe and secure at all times.  No one else will do this for you.  If anything happens to your device, it is your responsibility as well. 

NNPS is not responsible for lost or stolen devices, broken devices, malware downloaded to devices or overlimit- overminute cell phone bills.
- Speaking of those kind of bills....if you are following directions and on our FREE BYOD WiFi network, you won't have those bills, will you?  So, if you have one of those, it pretty much means you were doing what you weren't supposed to do in the FIRST place.  Guess you'd better go ahead and pay it....

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What Happens If I NEED TECH SUPPORT?

One of the benefits of BYOD is that you don't have to become familiar with the technology- this is YOUR device and YOU are the expert.

One of the hazards of BYOD is that this is YOUR device and YOU are the expert.  The pendulum swings both ways.

You are the one who is responsible for making sure that your device is safe and secure at all times.  No one else will do this for you.  If anything happens to your device, it is your responsibility as well. 

NNPS is not responsible for lost or stolen devices, broken devices, malware downloaded to devices or overlimit- overminute cell phone bills.
- Speaking of those kind of bills....if you are following directions and on our FREE BYOD WiFi network, you won't have those bills, will you?  So, if you have one of those, it pretty much means you were doing what you weren't supposed to do in the FIRST place.  Guess you'd better go ahead and pay it....

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AN EREADER IS MY DEVICE- DO I NEED BYOD?

eReaders are great tools- all the books available to you 24/ 7/ 365!  No more going to the book store to get the latest and greatest- just download it to your eReader!

But an eReader is still a device.  And- it can still go on the internet (so it can be used as a learning tool in more than just your English class!)

Most importantly- it's not as cheap as a paperback novel.  And a lot more expensive to replace if something should happen to it. 

So, make sure that it's correctly registered and identified on the network.  If it's 'allowed' at school, you want to have it identified as belonging to you.

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What Network will i be on?

When you join BYOD you get FREE WiFi on the BYOD network!

Once you join our safe, secure network, your device should join automatically each time you enter the building (if it doesn't, see Mrs. Elgert for help). 

Our BYOD network is safer than an outside network, it is FREE, and it's always available for instructional purposes- remember, although it's not quite as filtered as the student wireless network, the Internet Acceptable Use Procedures must still be followed at all times.  The BYOD network is for

If you have a device that can create hot spots or your own wifi networks- not at school.  At school, NNPSBYOD is the preferred network, unless your parents REALLY want to pay those high cell phone bills
- Speaking of those kind of bills....if you are following directions and on our FREE BYOD WiFi network, you won't have those bills, will you?  So, if you have one of those, it pretty much means you were doing what you weren't supposed to do in the FIRST place.  Guess you'd better go ahead and pay it....

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What IF MY DEVICE RUNS OUT OF POWER?

Please bring your device to school fully charged and ready to go!  To save battery life, leave your device off when not being used for instruction.  Don't turn on the screen when not in use, and this will also save battery life. 

If your device runs out of power during the day....you may want to put it in your backpack, locker or your pocket.  You will NOT be able to recharge your device at school.

Think about the safety issues of allowing devices to charge in a classroom:

- the hazard of power cords all around the room and the danger that would be to teacher and students, as well as to the electrical system of the school.
- the danger of leaving expensive devices out unattended to charge may be just a bit too tempting for some

Even if your device runs out of power, an NNPS-provided device will always be handy for any technology-enriched activities- so you can always power through learning!
 

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If I have a device, does that mean I don't need books anymore?

This may be the 21st Century, but there is no way that our entire curriculum can go completely online yet.  There will still be books and notebooks to carry back and forth each day, so don't get rid of your backpack just yet! 

Even if every book you needed were online, your device would never substitute for your brain!

Be sure that you come to school EVERY day ready to learn, with or without a device


 

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How Do i get started?

BYOD is an exciting new adventure in learning- but make sure you know what you're getting into!

If you lose your device, NNPS is not going to buy you a new one.  NNPS isn't going to buy you a new one if you break it either.  Be sure that you and your parents read over the BYOD Guidelines and understand all of them (Most of the important information was on this page, but not absolutely everything).  Make sure you understand that you need to be on the BYOD network at school.  If you go off network and get a huge cellphone bill- that's your responsibility, too.

Then, complete the BYOD Agreement form with the information about your device and your parents' consent.  Bring it to school and give to your teacher who gave it to you. This is probably your first teacher of the day who is opting into BYOD.

Devices are registered each week.  BYOD stickers are usually given to Homeroom teachers on Friday or Monday- so check with your teacher then.  When you receive your sticker, put it in your agenda on the TITLE page so you can show it whenver there's a BYOD activity!

Select the BYOD network on your device, and you're good to go!  If you have any problems, see Mrs. Elgert  or Mrs Dullas.


 

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